Dubai plans to invest $5 billion ($35 billion) to build a lunar-shaped hotel resort “Moon Dubai” (Moon Dubai), which will combine hospitality, entertainment, tourism, education, technology, environment and space tourism in order to promote the development of the local tourism industry. It will welcome 10 million visitors per year and is expected to generate $1.8 billion in annual revenue and approximately $500 million in annual profit. It will employ approximately 6,500 people when it completed.
The space tourism complex was proposed by Sandra G. Matthews and Michael R. Henderson, and the design concept was developed by a company called Moon World Resorts Inc. The building will mimic natural celestial bodies, challenge the human imagination with a lunar shape, and create diverse public spaces. Moon Dubai” is proposed to be built on a 10-acre site near the Dubai Pearl with a height of 224 meters and a spherical body diameter of 198 meters.
The exterior of the spherical building replicates the surface of the moon which appears to be floating above the city from a distance. The interior of the spherical building is a 40,000 square meter scaled replica of the part of the real moon that has been explored by humans.
According to the developers, this is a “real time reality environment”, no augmented or virtual reality, everything to make you believe you are on the moon. This highly ambitious project is expected to attract 10 million visitors per year.
Moon resort Dubai will be built to be the largest and most successful modern tourism project in the entire Middle East and North Africa region.