The words “lunar resort” can conjure up images of some sort of luxury accommodation that would require rocket ship travel that would not be built until decades or centuries from now. However, Canada-based Moon World Resorts Inc. A recent proposal from his company envisions the idea a little closer to home – you’ll only need to travel to Dubai and certainly not wait decades to visit. The project, named “MOON,” envisions a 735-foot-tall mixed-use building in the shape of Earth’s only natural satellite. Designed with a hyper-realistic take on the world of Epcot at Disney World, the developers are in talks to bring MOON to four global locations and currently expect the first to be in Dubai. While no official plans have yet been finalized, the company’s founders are optimistic. “In terms of architecture, engineering and design, MOON can be built,” says Michael R. Henderson, co-founder of MOON. NAME.
Inside, guests will find nearly 300 private residences available for purchase, as well as a full-service destination resort. Drawings on social media also show plans for a nightclub, event center, spa, retail space, and piano lounge, among other amenities. However, the main attraction is not a hotel room or dance floor, but a simulation of the lunar surface that allows guests to experience the feeling of space exploration firsthand. “MOON will build the bridge by providing an affordable and completely authentic space tourism experience that millions of enthusiasts around planet Earth have been patiently waiting for,” says Henderson. The company even hopes to establish MOON as a unique training location for various space agencies.
In essence, the structure consists of two separate parts: a spherical base volume made up of three “stacked” disks and a lunar globe. At the base, guests will find amenities such as a spa, convention center and hotel lobby. All suites – 4,000 total – are contained within spheres. While none of them will have traditional windows to the outside world, the developers are designing electronic “windows” that give guests the opportunity to look at whatever they want.
Like a lunar vacation in space—or any real galactic travel for that matter—it will take billions of dollars to bring the project to life. “Potential regional licensees for MOON will be large, global, forward-thinking companies that can fund their $5 billion backlog,” Henderson explains. It’s an admittedly high price tag, but the company sees the growing interest in space tourism as proof that a destination like this is a worthwhile project. According to Henderson, if it happens, the Moon will be built to the LEED Gold five-star standard.
Henderson and co-founder Sandra G. Matthews first founded Moon World Resorts Inc. in 2000, as well as several private space exploration companies. (Jeff Bezos’ BlueOrigins was founded in 2000, Elon Musk’s SpaceX in 2002, and Virgin Galactic in 2004.) Space tourism was just being conceived at this time, Henderson explains. “Space is really tough. It’s taken Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic so far for things to really happen – and we’re no different,” he says. Fortunately, MOON has a huge marketing advantage as it moves further into the global market. We are lucky to enjoy the billboard.”