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Could a $5 billion moon-shaped hotel be opening in Dubai?

The 224-metre-high Moon Dubai project features an ultra-luxurious hotel and astronaut training facility…

Sep 29, 2022 | By

An ultra-luxurious, lunar addition to Dubai’s already burgeoning Space Age aesthetic may soon dominate the city’s skyline thanks to a new tourist destination and astronaut training facility proposal by a Canadian venture called Moon World Resorts Inc.

Local news site Arabian Business picked up details of the affectionately-named Moon Dubai project, which is said to total 224 metres in height and will take around 48 months to complete once the final approval is given to designs first drawn up by the company’s co-founding architects Sandra G. Matthews and Michael R. Henderson.

According to Moon World Resorts Inc, the hotel, which will be a replica of the lunar surface, believes that “Moon Dubai” will add to the emirate’s economy in sectors such as hospitality, entertainment, attractions, education, technology, the environment and space tourism.”Moon Dubai will be the largest and most successful modern-day tourism project within the entire MENA region, doubling annual tourism visitations to Dubai based on its global appeal, brand awareness and unique multiple integrated offerings,” Moon World Resorts’ founders Sandra G Matthews and Michael R Henderson, said, adding it can “can comfortably accommodate 10 million annual visitors.”

Guests visiting the luxurious resort could take advantage of a spa and wellness section, a nightclub, event centre, global meeting place, lounge and an in-house “moon shuttle”. The hotel will also accommodate a training platform for various space agencies and their respective astronauts as well.

As per the outlet, the Canadian architectural company is also planning to incorporate “Sky Villas”, which will be known as the private residence at moon. “Approximately 300 units will be available for purchase, with sky villa owners being members of an exclusive private members club at Moon,” Mr Henderson said.

Initial renderings posted on Moon World Resorts Instagram account have positioned the resort in two possible locations. The first at the base of Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s famous manmade island shaped into a palm tree, while the second option is located in the heart of Downtown Dubai close to Burj Khalifa.

The overall construction is scheduled to be built over two years. When the project is complete, it is expected to comfortably accommodate at least 2.5 million visitors.

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