It will be the largest space simulation ever built, planned to be the size of Chicago. When finished, it will house 600,000 people who will experience the realities of living on Mars. According to United Arab Emirates officials, the project will be complete in approximately 30 months.
Work is already underway on the project, called Hope, with land having been appropriated and money set aside. The project is expected to cost Dh500 million, which is more than $136 million US dollars. The simulation will be set up under two large domes, with the environment inside designed to mimic the atmosphere on the Red Planet.