Unique architecture: Dubai’s $5 billion Moon-themed luxury resort looks out of this world

According to Arabian Business, a Moon-themed luxury resort worth $5 billion would be built in Dubai before the end of this decade. Moon World Resorts Inc.(MWR), a Canadian architectural firm, created the resort concept.

Dubai is no stranger to large-scale architectural projects. It was reported last month that plans were being developed for a suspended city around the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at the time.

Artist’s depiction of Moon World Resort in Dubai

What will the Moon-themed resort offer?

Although the project’s details are still sketchy, the ambitious structure is expected to stand 735 feet tall (224 m). The resort, which spans 10 acres (435,600 square feet), promises an authentic “lunar colony.”

We don’t know what that means yet, but reports suggest that the area will offer standard hospitality services such as hotel rooms, a wellness center, a nightclub, a meeting place, and a “moon shuttle,” which piques curiosity but provides little to satisfy it.

In addition to providing Earth-like amenities in a lunar setting, the location is intended to serve as a space exploration hub, providing a platform for space agencies to train their astronauts, according to Arabian Business.

The attraction is expected to attract 2.5 million space enthusiasts each year, and it will also offer 300 Sky Villas to those interested in private residences within the superstructure’s disc buildings.

According to the Moon World Resorts’ Facebook Page, each of the luxury units will be 2000 sq feet (186 sq. m) big and will also give its owners privileged access to a lifetime membership to the Moon Owners Club.

When will the resort be built?

MWR, the architectural firm, is also the destination resort’s intellectual property licensor. The company intends to hold a global roadshow in 2023 to introduce the concept to regional licensees. The firm will visit Dubai as well as other Middle East North Africa (MENA) countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait as part of the roadshow.

Following the award of a single regional license and the selection of a specific location, there is a one-year pre-development program, with construction expected to be completed within 48 months. The building will be gold LEED certified, with a 5-star built-out standard and a 5-diamond resort operational standard.

MWR intends to license three more Moon-themed resorts, one in North America, one in Europe, and one in Asia, in addition to the MENA region.