Dubai is home to some of the most expensive and rarest architecture in the world, and an upcoming addition will be no exception.
Canadian architecture firm Moon World Resorts has announced plans to build a moon-shaped resort in the Emirati city. The project, called what else but Moon Dubai, is designed to be built within 48 months, will cost $5 billion and is expected to attract 2.5 million visitors a year.
Visitors won’t need connections to Bezos or Musk for the space experience. The area around the station’s lunar surface, dubbed the “Lunar Colony,” is designed to evoke the feeling of being on (or at least very close to) the surface of the Moon. Visitors will also be able to reserve one of the 300 private boutique residences known as sky villas housed within the resort’s spherical structure. Purchasing a villa, which can cost as much as the viewing space itself, will give owners access to a private club within the complex.
Need space? — “Moon Dubai will have a significant impact on all aspects of the UAE economy, including tourism, transport, commercial and residential real estate, infrastructure, financial services, aviation and space, energy, MICE, agriculture, technology and of course education,” co-founders Sandra G. Matthews and Michael R. Henderson said. Arab affairs. “[It] will be the largest and most successful modern tourism project in the Middle East and North Africa region, doubling annual tourist visits to Dubai due to its global appeal, brand awareness and multiple unique integrated offers.
When completed, Moon Dubai will stand over 735 feet tall, making it a highlight of Dubai’s already impressive skyline. The resort plans to operate under LEED Gold sustainability certification, as well as a 5 Diamond resort operational standard.
Inside the resort, visitors can enjoy an on-site nightclub, event center, public lounge, spa center, and “moon shuttle” tours. In keeping with Moon Dubai’s namesake and shape, the complex will also serve as a hub for space agencies and astronauts to plan their future missions.
Come to a planet near you — Much to the supposed chagrin of some billionaires, Moon World Resorts hopes to make its space experience available worldwide. The company plans to open four more locations in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Soon your vacation could be out of this world.