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Star of Arabia by Abiogenisis Star of Arabia by Abiogenisis
Completed in the closing decade of the 21st century, the Star of Arabia was a joint project of the Arab League and conceived as the most exclusive and technologically advanced tourist destination in the world.

Construction was handled primarily by Chinese and private US contractors, who had access to the heavy lift vehicles necessary to carry the vast components into low orbit. Once built, the internal nuclear power systems were installed to circumvent the need for aesthetically unsightly solar arrays.

This artwork was commissioned by Australian Geographic and featured in their July/August edition.
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JESzasz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
 "Exclusive"? Uh, no, it should really be for everyone (or at least booking shouldn't cost anymore than the price ticket of a 1-2 week luxury cruise, even if it is only for a few days, which given the potential problem with a lack of protection from solar radiation and microgravity, might be for the best, at least unless we can address all of that). I actually like the idea of the design being modular, starting out what you see here, with more and more rings being added, adding more rooms for guests, perhaps some of them even being different than the last, and providing different environments and aesthetics.

 To cut down on travel expenses, I wonder if it would be possible to build a station like this on, or attached to a space elevator. Sure, I'd miss the joyride of being blasted into orbit, but nowadays, you gotta be sensible.

 Sorry if I sound like I'm hating, I just hate the idea of space being exclusively for the wealthy elite, maybe not for now, but especially even by the time I'd be an old man. I think since it is the 21st century, we should be imagining ways to avoid a real life Elysium. It really is a beautiful design. It looks like a possible early Starfleet design. And if I'm not clear, that is really a huge compliment!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I hate the idea too, I just think humans kind of suck :P
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JESzasz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
 Very glad you didn't take any offense to my negativity. And you even agreed with me!

 I think that one day, people will be able to take trips to space like we take pleasure cruises today. Sad to think that we probably won't live long enough to see it happen. I'd love to see our planet from orbit. I've heard that it is quite a beautiful sight.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
At least we have HD footage from the ISS I guess!
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JESzasz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
 I've heard that pictures and footage doesn't do it justice, and that the oceans looks like sapphires, and the forests like emeralds.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Though maybe not that many forests left by the time this station is built :P
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JESzasz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
 I was waiting for days, trying and thinking and thinking and thinking, trying to find a philosophical, deep, enlightened thing to say. But the only thing I can really think of is "we are surrounded by idiots".

 Those forests are worth than the worthless grazing fields and farmlands that will replace them, and by the time everybody realizes that they shouldn't have allowed it to come to pass, they and the unique ecosystems they house will be but a memory. It's quite possible that there will be species that will go extinct without anyone even knowing they existed.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Actually I think every DAY some invertebrate species go extinct that were never catalogued!
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Inkception Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dubai 2.0. Very awesome.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Still the luxury kings ;)
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sed Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
EXCLNT :iconofficialfella1plz:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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sed Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
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Katahu Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually very fitting considering that Islam had its own Golden Age during the medieval age when Muslim scholars devoted themselves to the understanding of science. One of which laid down the framework for what would eventually be known and universally accepted as the scientific method.

Looking at the image above, a few questions come to mind.

1. Assuming that a number of tourists there inside the Star of Arabia are Muslim, how many times would they often find themselves bowing to Mecca in a station traveling at about 4.76 miles per second? This is assuming it's traveling at the same speed as the International Space Station.

2. How will they address fasting in a space station during the month of Ramadan that travels so fast in its orbit? Today, the Burj Khalifa (currently the tallest building in the world) stands so tall in Dubai that BBC posted an article about the residents having to fast 2-3 minutes longer than normal because at certain floors they can still see the sun setting compared to those living on the ground.

www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-…

Imagine that in a station traveling at over 4 miles per second.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
1. Many of the tourists are international, but as for prayer, Muslims on the ISS have taken to simply facing the earth, rather than Mecca specifically to avoid the orbital speed problem. I imagine they pray the same number of times they did on earth during a 24 hour standard day.

2. Perhaps they could standardise time to Mecca?
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Katahu Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Good to know. Clearly having to pray so many times between sunrise and sunset in the International Space Station would have been too tedious and unnecessary.

2. That would be a good option. I would imagine they would do the same if they were to somehow leave the solar system. But then again, unless they know the exact coordinates of Earth, facing Mecca outside the Sol system would be a real challenge.

Now this got me thinking about other religions. How would Jews cope with living in an alien world where the only available food source is not likely to be considered kosher back on Earth?

It's fun to think about how all religions would have to adapt as a space faring civilization. In fact, a lot of the rules that each religion currently has was the result of absolute necessity in order to survive due to either being in the desert or because resources were constantly scarce. I would imagine how many religious rules would change if Jew, Muslims, & Christians had to move to a planet where resources that are available there don't help with conforming to the old rules or when the new planet they live in is phase locked with the parent star or doesn't have a moon which makes it impossible to maintain a lunar calendar.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I wonder if they could set up mecca relays. Perhaps blessed relics that each colony world could have that you pray to, that is considered linked to mecca?

As you say, I think a lot of those rules are more flexible than people think ;)
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zenlord22 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think only the secular of the religious would take an interest in outer space colonization as the more devout have been on the record to be anti-space
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They will go if they see a way to make money.
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
That religion is flexible. Anywhere you are, as long it's clean and your heart is strong, that place will be your mosque.
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Eromaxi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015   Digital Artist
Fantastic work! Space stations can be sexy! Love 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They SHOULD be sexy!
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Eromaxi Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015   Digital Artist
Absolutely!I`m running my Mass Effect  fan webcomic, where space stations and spacecrafts are shining as well! :) Check it out, if you wish.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Will check out dem Asaris
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0oCHARGERBOTo0 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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Tygahman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb work.
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jebiblue Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
My parents are subscribed to the Australian Geographic and I have been taking out pictures of space and pasting them on my wall; including this one! Fantastic work dude! :la:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! I still have a bunch of the mags from the 80s, so it was an honor to be in one :)
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jokazim Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional
Beautiful!!!!
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gabrielegabba Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful clean artwork and fantastic design.  Any tips for keeping this clean?  Did you mock up in 3D?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I didnt mock this up in 3D, though I often do for mechanical objects like this.

I keep it clean by using huge image sizes, and doing the final details zoomed right in close.
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gabrielegabba Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting.  Thank you!
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devEboo Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Call me when they build it, I'd like a tour before passing into the great Beyond. Excellent work. Thank you for sharing. Cheers. Nod +fav Clap 
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Gurdim Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
really cool designs, and it's nice to see used a more original "faction" than the usual "west-usa / east-russia-china" :P I want a sci-fi scenario with Switzerland as a major space force! :D (or Italy, but that is really too much sci-fi xD)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Its true, people assume that whoever is in power now, will be into the future :P
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benfang14 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you want to learn Arabic tell me the words and I well translate to you and cool pic love all your pics 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I will keep that in mind :)
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benfang14 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love your alien work
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grisador Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Your picture are awesome ! :D
But arab's can't do a space station lonely; They Must be allied with US
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The US space program is falling behind in terms of manned flight. In this future, china has taken over much of the space industry.
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grisador Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Wow ! Then incidents in space could be usual...Thanks for answering and great picture ! :D
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PlasmaRaven Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Shouldn't that writing be in Arabic?..or at least some form of Middle Eastern writing?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It should be in both, but I couldnt be sure I could get an accurate translation in time for the client, so I erred on the side of caution.
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benfang14 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 the translation is in Arabic is    نجمعربيّ
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I worked a phonetic translation as Najm Al Arab
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MJFII Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this workart are stunning !!! ... iam arabic and i really want to help ,,,, najm al arab is the right translation for star of arabia ,,, in arabic its نجم العرب  (the one benfang14 typed it is "najm arabi" ,, that means arabian star ....close but not correct) ^^
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I thought I had a translation, but I decided not to use it because I didn't want to make some sort of language mistake. I decided to use english to cater for Western clients visiting the hotel :P
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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benfang14 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can talk Arabic And IM from the USA 
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PlasmaRaven Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah alright then. That makes sense then!
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