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First 3D-printed building in Dubai

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The first building realized via 3D printing technology in Dubai will be developed by Emaar Properties, a real estate company.

3D printing in construction industry is an innovative technological attempt that could decrease the labor costs by 50% to 80% while accelerating the construction process by 50% to 70%. It is also an environmental-friendlier solution compared to conventional building as it produces less material water. In addition, using the 3D printing approach, more sophisticated designs can be applied. 

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties commented on the benefits of applying 3D printing technology in infrastructure: "Through this, we are not only positioning ourselves as an early adopter of advanced technology but also creating long-term value for our customers as 3D printing brings numerous advantages such as reduced cost of construction, more efficient use of materials and higher levels of sustainability. With 3D printing technology, to be implemented locally using international expertise, we are also supporting the vision of the leadership to build 'smart and sustainable cities' that are tech-driven and meet the aspirations of the new generation of customers. It will also help accelerate the innovation ecosystem in Dubai, inspiring start-ups to contribute towards advanced construction technology," Mr. Alabbar stated.

The project will not be available for sale. According to the developers, it will serve as a model residence and will be used as an attraction for investors in the 3D printing technology. The construction will be conducted by a local contractor. Emaar has not yet announced when it will be completed.

The 3D printed building will be constructed in Arabian Ranches 3, a piece of land owned by Amaar. Arabian Ranches 3 will be a large community consisting of residences, a river, a park where recreational activities will be enabled and a central roadway.

The attempt to implement 3D printing technology in construction industry is supported by the United Arab Emirates state. When the first 3D printed office was realized in Dubai (2016), the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohammad Al Gergawi, stated that this was "just the beginning."



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