Dubai Considers Proposed Moon Resort


Architectural design and intellectual property licensor Moon World Resorts is looking to license four structures around the globe resembling the Earth's natural satellite.

The first in the series of moon-like structures is eyeing Dubai as a potential frontrunner. However, reports indicate that these massive moon hotels could pop up in the United States, Spain and Singapore.

Moon World Resorts

The latest “out-of-this-world” vacation destination without having to leave planet Earth is almost here. Inspired by recent suborbital space missions—like those launched by Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX—the licensing team is looking to build a series of gigantic dome-like hotels that look like the moon.

In recreating the moon on a grand scale, the spheric hotels will feature realistic-looking craters and exterior textures. Depending on location and planning permissions, reports indicate that the structures could be built to stand 735 feet high with a 2,042-foot circumference—more than double the size of the Las Vegas MSG Sphere.

Inside, the hotels are expected to feature common resort components with a lunar twist, such as a convention center, restaurants and spas. Early artist renderings of the facility envision spaceship-style interiors and themed entertainment.

Canada-based entrepreneur Michael R. Henderson, Co-Founder of Moon World Resorts, went on to tell CNN Travel that the crux of the project is the moon is a “recognizable brand.”

“Seven and a half billion people know it, everybody loves it,” he said.

The attraction’s biggest highlight Henderson notes, however, will be replicating what it’s like to walk on the moon. “We will give you the ability in your lifetime to walk on what you will believe to be the lunar surface.”

While the project has been in the works for two decades and is estimated to have “tremendous technical challenges,” Henderson shares that he and Co-Founder Sandra G. Matthews are currently working with independent engineers and architects to make the concept a reality.

“We basically have a plethora of groups around the world who we just pull in, as we need them. But obviously, once the project actually starts to build, then they will be located in a particular region,” Henderson continued.

The team hopes that the first licensee will be secured by the end of the year. Whoever signs on for the project will be expected to invest $5 billion. Once a deal is inked, it is estimated that the resort could be constructed in just five years’ time, opening in 2027.

“Obviously people like to see the renderings of what's happening on the inside. But I think a lot of people are going to be excited when you look up at the world's largest sphere -- I think that's going to be the mind blower,” Henderson concluded.

Hotels in Space

Last year, large-scale space construction company Orbital Assembly (Alta Loma, California) announced its plans to construct the world’s first-ever space hotel during a virtual event on its YouTube channel.

The project is expected to launch sometime in 2026, with plans to be fully operational in 2027.

Complete with artificial gravity, the Voyager Station plans to orbit the Earth at a 97-degree angle, some 500-550 kilometers (roughly 311-342 miles) from the planet’s surface. However, lunar gravity will still be prominent. In a tweet, Orbital Assembly said that the location is “sun-synchronous polar orbit that will reduce thermal stress and allow for almost continuous solar power generation. There, orbit degradation and space debris risk will be nominal.”

Boasting more than 125,000 square feet of habitable space in modules and access tubes, the space hotel is designed to accommodate 280 guests and 112 crew members. Although, these numbers could increase based on the final module configuration. According to current design plans for the project, 24 modules have been allocated for habitation, each measuring 12 meters (39 feet) in diameter and 20 meters long. At least 12 modules are planned to for a variety of luxury suites, luxury rooms and standard hotel rooms.

The Voyager Station also plans to have a gymnasium that will double as an entertainment venue for musicians and talk-show hosts, as well as spas, libraries, cinemas and world-renowned chefs working at restaurants utilizing electric and fire-free kitchens.

However, the most exciting opportunity for hotel guests will be to participate in a spacewalk.

While the idea seems surreal and exciting, a trip to space only seems to be accessible for those willing to pay its sky-rocket price. To orbit the Earth for roughly 3.5 days in this futuristic hotel, an interested person would have to pay about $5 million for their ticket. In addition, tourists footing the bill will also be required to undergo safety and physical training before boarding a SpaceX Starship shuttle and lifting off to the Voyager Station.

Already, Virgin Galactic has seen more than 600 people placing deposits for space travel, totaling more than $80 million. Another travel company, Roman & Erica, also experienced clients’ growing interest in space travel that are willing to pay it’s massive fare.

Although building materials and a price tag have yet to specified, Tom Spilker, CTO of Orbital Assembly reports that the company plans to use technologies that are already in place, but to apply them with a commercial structure and livable facility in mind.

The space hotel is designed to measure 200 meters in overall diameter with an estimated mass of 2,418 metric tons and an estimated volume of 51,104 cubic meters.

In addition to space hotels, Orbital Assembly is also working on on-orbit solar power stations, fueling stations, large structure building machines, space drones and a gateway spaceport.


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