The UAE has set its sights on establishing the initial human settlement on Mars by the year 2117. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has emphasised that this ambitious project serves as a foundation being laid today, with the expectation that future generations will reap the benefits, driven by the UAE’s fervor for knowledge and discovery.

To ensure the realisation of this vision, Shaikh Mohammad has issued instructions to the Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre to spearhead the Mars 2117 initiative and develop a comprehensive plan spanning a century for its execution.

Dubai, known for its grandeur and ambitious projects, has set its sights on the stars with its foray into the realm of space exploration and research. As the city pursues its space ambitions, there is a growing anticipation of how these projects could influence the local real estate market. This article delves into the potential effects of Dubai's space initiatives on the real estate sector, exploring the opportunities and challenges that may arise.

Economic growth and increased demand

Dubai's space projects, such as the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and the development of space-related industries, have the potential to attract significant investments. This influx of capital can result in economic growth, leading to increased job opportunities and higher incomes for residents. Consequently, a surge in demand for residential and commercial real estate can be expected as professionals and expatriates flock to Dubai to participate in this burgeoning industry.

Infrastructure development and spatial planning

The pursuit of space ambitions necessitates the development of advanced infrastructure, including research facilities, manufacturing centers, and testing sites. These infrastructure projects can trigger a ripple effect, driving demand for real estate in the surrounding areas. Investors and businesses seeking proximity to these developments will drive demand for properties, thereby spurring construction and infrastructure growth in those regions.

Rise of innovation and technology hubs

Space projects are inherently reliant on cutting-edge technologies and innovation. As Dubai positions itself as a space research and development hub, it becomes an attractive destination for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology companies focused on space-related industries. This influx of companies and professionals will fuel demand for office spaces, technology parks, and commercial real estate, transforming certain areas into innovation and technology hubs.

Tourism boost and hospitality sector

Dubai's space initiatives, such as the ambitious Dubai Mars City and aspirations for space tourism, can significantly enhance the city's global reputation and attract tourists from around the world. The rise in tourism can lead to increased demand for hotel accommodations, short- term rentals, and hospitality services. This surge in tourism-related real estate can provide new opportunities for investors and developers, particularly in areas close to the space- themed attractions and infrastructure.

Urban planning and aesthetics

Dubai is known for its iconic skyline and architectural marvels. With space projects taking center stage, there is an opportunity for the city to embrace futuristic urban planning and design concepts. The integration of space-related elements and themes into the city's architecture and urban fabric can create unique real estate offerings, catering to the demand for innovative, futuristic living and working environments.


Dubai's ambitious space projects hold significant potential to impact the real estate market in numerous ways. Economic growth, increased demand for residential and commercial properties, infrastructure development, the rise of innovation and technology hubs, tourism boosts, and futuristic urban planning are all possible outcomes. However, it is important to recognise that the realisation of these effects hinges upon successful execution, market conditions, and the sustainability of the space industry's growth. As Dubai continues to shoot.

- The article is a thought leadership contributed by Kaye & Co Real Estate LLC, a real estate company based in Dubai, UAE. With a passion for real estate that promotes innovative and creative concepts, Kaye & Co Real Estate LLC has evolved into one of the fastest-growing and most innovative real estate companies in the UAE. The brand is regulated by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency, under Office Registration Number 17029. For more information visit www.kayeandco.ae