Dubai will be home to a number of 3D printed buildings within the next 15 years, according to an incredibly exciting statement by the government.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai said the 3D Printing Strategy aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of the technology by 2030.
The industry, it was revealed, would be worth $300billion in 15 years.
Sheikh Mohammed said the industry is expected to contribute Dhs3billion to the world economy within a decade, adding: "We begin to implement [the Dubai Future Agenda] through initiatives and strategies that add value to human life and to our national economy.
"The future does not wait for those who hesitate and stall. Today, we persevere in our the path we have taken to strengthen our economy and our global competitiveness."
The strategy will focus on three major sectors - Construction, Medical Products (teeth, bones, artificial organs and medical and surgical devices and hearing aids) and Consumer Products.
A number of examples of the buildings were also circulated on Twitter and other social media channels
“Our vision for development is driven by a deep understanding of the 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 and creating a global model for not only our economy but also for the global economy,” His Highness added.
This isn't the first announcement of its kind, and comes almost a year after it was revealed the first 3D printed office in the Middle East would be created, measuring 2,000 square feet. The workspace would be printed layer by later and reach 20-ft, according to the UAE National Innovation Committee.
It would be made using a mixture of Special Reinforced Concrete (SRC), Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GRG) and Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP).
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