The ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is not just interested in the sport of kings (horse racing), he is also apparently also interested in entering the race to build new civilisations on other planets. For now Elon Musk and his SpaceX team have a competitor in the effort to colonise Mars.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced a plan to build a city on Mars by 2117. Engineers from UAE have released their designs.
The plan has brought praise via Twitter from Sheikh Mohammed ruler of one of the principle Emirates, Dubai, and Deputy President of UAE itself. UAE is already designing its first Mars probe to orbit Mars called the Emirates Mars Misson (HOPE) which is due for launch in 2020.
Comment by David Todd: Let us hope the do a better job that they did with Dubai. That city has grandiose sky scraper architecture but is awful to get around in anything but a taxi.