Dubai, famous for its ultra-modern infrastructure and tourism, plans to embark on an incredible project: building a fake moon atop a skyscraper of over 30 metres that is expected to cost over £4 billion, according to The Mirror.
The “moon” project’s co-founder, Canadian entrepreneur Michael Henderson, intends to erect a sphere of 274 metres in length on top of the building to give visitors the experience of visiting a space satellite while still on Earth. The fake moon would hopefully attract over 2.5 million people annually and bring in revenue of over £1.5 billion a year. Moon World Resorts will fund the construction of the moon at a cost of £4.28 billion.
The moon replica, called “Moon,” will comprise a resort inside with a 4,000-room hotel, an arena with a capacity of 10,000, a nightclub, and a wellness centre. Guests may also experience what it’s like to walk on the moon through a “lunar colony.” The moon will glow at night as a full, half, or crescent moon.
“We have the biggest ‘brand’ in the world. Eight billion people know our brand, and we haven’t even started yet,” said Henderson.
The co-founders of the project, Henderson and Sandra G Matthews, also noted that it will “significantly impact every aspect of the UAE’s economy, including tourism.”
“[It] will be the largest and most successful modern-day tourism project in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, doubling annual tourism visitations to Dubai based on its global appeal, brand awareness, and unique multiple integrated offerings,” they added.