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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, speaks during the launching of new initiative 'Dubai Cares', in Dubai, 19 September 2007. The initiative aims to collect funds to educate one million children in under developed countries. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB MORE PICTURES AVAILABLE ON IMAGE FORUM (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Space Invaders: United Arab Emirates Plans a Colony for Mars

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced plans to colonize Mars. The ambitious aim is contained in a statement titled the “Mars 2117 Project” which at its final stage involves building the first habitable human settlement on the red planet by 2117.