A new decree issued in Dubai will ensure that 25 per cent of buildings in Dubai are constructed using 3D printing technology by 2030.
To encourage the use of 3D printing in the construction sector, the Dubai Municipality will create a consolidated list of incentives and facilities provided by both government and non-government entities.
Any entity seeking to carry out a 3D printing activity in the sector must first register with the Dubai Municipality and obtain a licence before seeking further approvals from other authorities. Real estate developers should also ensure that 3D printing-related projects are executed only by contractors licensed for the activity by the Dubai Municipality.
These came as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a decree regulating the use of 3D printing in the construction sector.
The decree aims to promote Dubai as a “regional and global hub” for the use of 3D printing technologies. The new legislation seeks to enhance efficiencies in construction projects, boost the local industry’s competitiveness, reduce waste and attract leading companies in the sector to Dubai.
In April 2016, H. H. Sheikh Mohammed launched the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy. This initiative aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030. There are three key sectors which they plan to focus on including construction, medical products and consumer products.
Recently, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Research & Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park announced that it will support innovation in all production and operational areas, becoming a global platform to enhance the operations and services of DEWA’s divisions utilising 3D Printing.
The Centre includes DEWA’s Robotics & Drone laboratory, which is the first building in the UAE to be fully printed onsite, and the first such 3D-printed lab in the world. The lab houses rovers and drones that are designed and built in-house.