dubai mars project
The city will cover 1.9 million square feet Source: Dubai Media Office

In February, the UAE announced its ambitious plans to build the first-ever city on the red planet, Mars.

The project, named Mars 2117, was unveiled by Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the World Government Summit and is part of a 10-year national program that focuses on spearheading scientific breakthroughs

Last week, the World Government Summit released an immersive 360° experience of what the futuristic city might look like, giving viewers the most detailed view of its city yet.

The release is part of Dubai's Mars 2117 Strategy, which seeks to build the first settlement on Mars in the next 100 years.

“The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans. Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality,” said Sheikh Mohammed at the time.

"This virtual reality experience will take you through an envisioned city in Mars"

The United Government of Mars

The video begins with a greeting from a holographic representative named Said of the "United Government of Mars", welcoming you to your second home. 

The digital host says that the scenes are set 70 years after mankind has set up a colony, suggesting the UAE envisions the first manned mission taking place in the year 2047.

Viewers then enter a flying pod that takes you on a 2.5 kilometers ride, showing you the sights of the city. The City of Wisdom, as humanity’s first settlement on Mars will be known, comes complete with laboratories, a university, skyscrapers, beautiful architecture, and 600,000 inhabitants. 

During the seven-minute long tour, you are transported from the exterior of the planet's surface to the inside of a number of large domed buildings.

The footage reveals a Hyperloop transport system in place at the colony, as well as all manner of robots, flying vehicles, and crowds of people. For the full immersive experience, users will need to view the video using a VR headset.

WATCH: Incredible 360 degree footage of the UAE's vision for a 2117 colony on Mars

The Emirates Mission to Mars will be the first probe sent to the planet by an Arab country and signals the growing interest in space exploration by the UAE.