Is the desert alive? : Dubai wants to be the No. 1 for leisure and business travel: Why a giant steel donut won't do the trick

A woman's voice addresses those waiting in the elevator cabin in English and Arabic, translated: "Welcome aboard, en route to the Hope space station.

Is the desert alive? : Dubai wants to be the No. 1 for leisure and business travel: Why a giant steel donut won't do the trick

A woman's voice addresses those waiting in the elevator cabin in English and Arabic, translated: "Welcome aboard, en route to the Hope space station." The doors close and the virtual space shuttle takes off with a deafening noise. The skyline and desert pass by the side windows, the archipelagos of Palm Jumeirah and Jebel Ali can be seen on the floor, hundreds of windmills turn in the sea off the coast before the starry sky appears through the skylight. Two minutes later, the cabin docks with a space station in 2071 and releases visitors to the top floor of the Museum of the Future (MOTF).

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