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Dubai reveals £100m Martian city

In an effort to simulate what life will be like living on Mars, the UAE will build a £100m city in the middle of the desert. The Mars Science City project was unveiled at a meeting of the UAE government this week and will consist of gigantic domes covering a 1.9 million-square-foot area.

It will house a team of researchers who will live there for a year carrying out experiments involving food, water and energy needs on the distant planet. The UAE hopes to eventually build a fully-formed Martian settlement within the next 100 years.

The project is part of the UAE's overall Mars 2117 Strategy which involves establishing a human base on Mars that will house up to 600,000 people, complete with oxygen supplies and inner-city transportation.

The “city” will feature connected domes that will house laboratories and scientific equipment that researchers will use to learn more about how to grow food in a place where vital crops won’t normally take root.