Saudi Arabia announced talks to launch a “wonderful” space project to build floating hotels in space, according to the governor of the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission, Muhammad bin Saud Al-Tamimi, on Monday, December 5, 2022, during the “Abu Dhabi Space Dialogue” conference that was held in the UAE capital over the past year. Two days.
During the conference, which included an attendance list of 50 international space agencies and bodies, Al-Tamimi spoke with great interest about projects for the “commercial exploitation of space”, according to the British website Middle East Eye.
Al-Tamimi said: “We are listening to many offers from different companies regarding space tourism, building hotels in the form of space stations, so that space becomes a commercial commodity. And I see that there is a great opportunity available for that…”.
He added, “This is the right time [تاريخ التعرف على] space to see real commercial exploitation of it.” Therefore, Saudi Arabia is currently in discussions with other countries regarding “building a new model for space stations.”
At the same time, Reuters reported last September that Riyadh intends to send two astronauts to the “International Space Station” aboard a space capsule belonging to the “SpaceX” project owned by US billionaire Elon Musk.
It is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia signed the deal with the American company “Axiom Space”, which specializes in services for transporting civilian crews to space. While she announced that the flight would include at least a Saudi citizen, becoming the first Arab woman to ascend to space.
In 1985, Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was the first Arab to reach space aboard NASA’s “Discovery” space shuttle.
Saudi Arabia is one of the twenty signatories to the “Artemis Accords” concerned with establishing a framework for international cooperation in the field of civil exploration and the peaceful use of the moon, Mars and other astronomical bodies during the coming decades.
Tamimi said Saudi Arabia will reveal more details of its national space strategy in early 2023.
It is noteworthy that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has embarked, during the past years, to launch huge and eye-catching projects, the stated purpose of which is to reduce the Kingdom’s dependence on oil money, and economic expansion in relying on other sources, according to the “Middle East Eye” website.
In this context, the Italian engineering design house Pierpaolo Lazzarini revealed, last November, plans to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in building a “giant yacht” (Terayacht) in the form of a turtle, worth $ 8 billion, to be the largest floating water structure in the world.
Meanwhile, the kingdom continues to push ahead with the “NEOM” project, a $500 billion mega-city 33 times the size of New York City. The project is scheduled to include a city that comes in the form of a straight line and extends for a length of 170 km, and a second floating city, in addition to a ski resort and a vertical snow village.
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