Dubai: The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) is organising a free workshop on developing concepts of habitation on Mars.

Named ‘Living on Mars’ , the three-day workshop will be held from July 17 to 19 at DIDI, building 4, Dubai Design District.

The UAE aims to establish the first human settlement on Mars by 2117.

DIDI Presents UAE’s First Outer Space Design Workshop - Living on Mars

The interactive workshop will be led by industrial aerospace designer, researcher and DIDI faculty member Dr Raffi Tchakerian, who said: “There is a desperate need for creative minds to design and tackle the interactions between humans, the tools and technologies they will use, and the environments in which they will live, especially in outer space. Very few institutions around the world offer courses in this subject matter, and design, until now, has been foreign to aerospace. DIDI is here to fill this gap, and will be the first institution in the world to formally and academically address this need from a design perspective. DIDI will prepare the much-needed UAE talent for Entrepreneurial Space.”

Living on Mars will teach students research and analysing skills and how to integrate science, architecture, art and many other disciplines with design to tackle the concept of living on Mars.

Over the three days, students will be introduced to design processes and methodologies, which they will learn about, adapt and use throughout the entire workshop.

Sass Brown, dean of DIDI, said: “At DIDI, we prepare students to be able to effectively respond to a rapidly changing world and beyond. Nothing is off limits and our Living on Mars workshop proves just this. This type of thinking will help us to nurture the next generation of change makers, who will be able to conceive and create sustainable design solutions for today’s problems, for the benefit of tomorrow’s society.”

Spaces are limited and those interested in attending must reserve their place by sending an email to