UAE announces goal of 25 percent 3D construction by 2030
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has announced for 25 percent of construction in the UAE to be 3D printed by 2030. The plans are part of the Dubai Future Agenda. The launch of the strategy was attended by: Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Hamid Mohamed Al Qatami, Chairman and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, and Ahmad Bin Byat, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Dubai Holding.
Sheikh Mohammed said: “The UAE is presenting to the world today the first integrated and comprehensive strategy to exploit the 3D technology to serve humanity. We have also framed practical plans and precise goals to turn the strategy into reality – the reality that will contribute to the progress and prosperity of the world and help preserve our human heritage. The future will depend on 3D printing technologies in all aspects of our life, starting from houses we live in, the streets we use, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and the food we eat. This technology will create added economic value and benefits worth billions of dollars during the coming period.
“Our key goal is to ensure that 25% of buildings in Dubai are based on 3D printing technology by 2030, and we will raise this percentage with the development of global technology as well as growth of market demand. We believe that this technology is capable of transforming the construction sector by lowering costs and reducing the time it takes to implement projects. It will also help reduce manpower requirements as well as waste generated from construction which can be harmful to the environment. We will also focus on utilizing this technology in other vital sectors such as medicine and consumer products to offer goods and services at competitive prices.”
The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy aims to make Dubai a global capital for the technology, and will focus on three major sectors: construction, medical products - for which the focus will be on printed teeth, bones, and organs - and consumer products.