Dubai to develop US$5 billion moon-shaped resort

Dubai to develop US$5 billion moon-shaped resort

Moon Dubai could be scheduled for completion by 2027

Dubai could be home to yet another architectural marvel with the arrival of a US$5 billion moon-shaped resort, aptly named Moon Dubai.

Designed by Canadian architectural company Moon World Resorts Inc, plans sound fantastical, with the 735-foot-high resort housing a spa, wellness centre, night club, events centre, and luxury residences that include 300 private sky villas and hotel rooms. 

The development will also feature a lunar-style surface and a ‘lunar colony’ where enthusiasts can experience space tourism on the ground.

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Speaking about the project, Moon World Resorts co-founder Michael R Henderson said: “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 multiple integrated offerings. It can comfortably accommodate 10 million annual visitors.

“Moon Dubai will significantly impact every aspect of the emirate’s economy, including tourism, transportation, commercial and residential real estate, infrastructure, financial services, aviation and space, energy, MICE, agriculture, technology, and of course, education. It will firmly plant the UAE flag into the forefront of space exploration.” 


A similar mega-scale moon resort was announced for Las Vegas last year. The Las Vegas property also has a US$5 billion price tag with a luxury hotel, concert hall, casino and lounges. 

Though a regional licensee has not yet been secured, Moon World Resorts Inc is planning a 2023 global road-show series with potential stops in the UAE, KSA, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait and Moon Dubai is designed to be built within just four years.

Henderson added: "Once the single MENA regional licence has been consummated and the precise location has been chosen, a one-year pre-development programme will be initiated followed by a four-year build-out programme."

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