UAE aims to be global hub for 3D printing

26 May, 2016

In line with the government’s vision of creating a knowledge based economy driven by innovation, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, recently launched the world’s first comprehensive strategy to use technology to develop infrastructure. The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy aims to position Dubai as a leading hub for 3D printing technology by 2030. The plan calls for 25 per cent of Dubai’s buildings to be 3D printed in the next fifteen years and also aims to grow Dubai as a hub for the development of 3D printing technology. 

Under the strategy, three key sectors will be emphasised: construction, medical products and consumer products. The construction industry will focus on developing 3D printed parts for a variety of uses including lighting, construction joints and foundations. The healthcare vertical will focus on developing 3D printed teeth, bones, organs and medical devices. The consumer sector will focus on creating items such as household good and children’s games. The value that these key sectors could add to the local UAE economy is estimated to be around Dh6.5 billion by 2025. 

Under a coordinated approach, the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy will be implemented by many partners including Dubai Municipality, Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Holding, integrating the efforts of the government and private sector to bring together leading local and global experts. 

Sheikh Mohammed said: “The UAE is presenting to the world the first integrated and comprehensive strategy to exploit 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. Our vision for development is driven by a deep understanding of future needs, and built on proactive ideas because we want to be in first place globally. Our methodology for development is based on the launch of initiatives that can be applied anywhere in the world, creating a global model for not only our economy but also for the global economy.”

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