Dubai brings the moon to earth. An entrepreneur’s daring project on top of a 30-meter building

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Dubai brings the moon to earth.  An entrepreneur's daring project on top of a 30-meter building

The architects contacted by Moon World Resorts played with the location of the Moon/ PHOTO:

Who says you can’t reach the moon? With a $5 billion real estate project, skyscraper-filled Dubai wants to bring a symbol of heaven to Earth.

Canadian entrepreneur Michael Henderson plans to build a 274-meter replica of the moon on top of a 30-meter building in Dubai, which is already home to the world’s tallest building and other architectural wonders, AP writes.

Henderson’s project called LUNA could easily fit into this futuristic city-state. Dubai already has a red-hot property market, fueled by the wealthy fleeing restrictions imposed in their home countries during the coronavirus pandemic and by Russians seeking refuge amid Moscow’s war on Ukraine.

And even though a previous cycle of boom and bust saw many grand projects collapse, Henderson and others suggest his vision, funded by Moon World Resorts Inc., where he is a co-founder, may not be so far-fetched.

“We have the biggest ‘brand’ in the world,” Henderson told The Associated Press, hinting that the moon itself — the celestial body — was his brand. “Eight billion people know our brand and we haven’t even started yet.”

Henderson’s proposed project includes a resort inside the spherical structure, complete with a 4,000-room hotel, a stadium capable of seating 10,000 people, and a “moon colony” that would give guests the feeling of actually being on Earth’s satellite.

The MOON would be placed on a circular pedestal-like building and would shine at night. Henderson discussed the project at the Arabian Travel Market in early May in Dubai.

Already, architects contacted by Moon World Resorts have played with the location of the moon, including the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 828 meters. Others placed it at Dubai Pearl, a stalled project next to the man-made Palm Jumeirah and the still-unfinished Palm Jebel Ali.

Other major projects

Nakheel, the developer behind Palm Jebel Ali, has relaunched development plans for it. It also unveiled a multibillion-dollar plan to build 80 resorts and hotels on Dubai’s man-made islands.

Henderson’s plan would go a step further than other globe-shaped projects like the MSG Sphere, a $2.3 billion dome covered in LED screens set to open in Las Vegas later this year .

The structure would be completely spherical and could be alternately illuminated as a full or crescent moon.

Plans to build another MSG sphere in London were halted after residents protested the significant light pollution and disruption the structure would cause.

“It’s hard to please everyone,” Henderson admitted.

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