|03 October, 2016

Dubai plans to build full 3D printed residential building - official

Dubai Future Foundation is working with regulatory authorities and developers to roll out 3D printing strategy

Image used for illustrative purpose. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2nd L), Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, arrives for the official opening of the world's first functional 3D printed offices in Dubai May 23, 2016. The landmark, DIFC is seen behind him.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2nd L), Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, arrives for the official opening of the world's first functional 3D printed offices in Dubai May 23, 2016. The landmark, DIFC is seen behind him.

REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
03 October 2016
Dubai is planning to build a complete 3D residential building, the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Future Foundation told Zawya Projects.

“We will build a 3D residential building as our aim is to have 25 per cent of all new buildings in Dubai 3D printed by 2030,” Saif Al Aleeli said without giving the location, details and cost of the project.

He did not rule out the possibility of 3D buildings in the $20 billion (73.40 billion dirhams) Jumeirah Central mixed-use project.

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Dubai Future Foundation is an independent research endowment establishment.

“Dubai Holding has a major contribution in the strategy and we have announced that an area will be dedicated for this technology in Dubai Industrial City,” Al Aleeli said, adding that the Foundation is working with regulatory authorities and developers to roll out 3D printing strategy.

On 28 September 2016, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said it has awarded a contract to design and construct the UAE’s first 3D-printed laboratory building inside the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

A May 2016 report by UAE English language daily Gulf News said that the world’s first fully functional 3D printed office has been inaugurated in the premises of Emirates Towers, Dubai.  

The UAE's official news agency WAM reported in April 2016 that the value of 3D printing technology-based construction sector in the emirate is expected to touch three billion dirhams ($817 million) by 2025.
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