Setting trends and breaking records is hardly a new thing for Dubai, but the announcement late on Tuesday night shows this incredible city simply knows no boundaries when it comes to brilliance.
Ladies and gentleman, introducing the world's first 3D printed office. Unveiled in DIFC, and revealed on Twitter by his His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, it is not an understatement to say it's one of the most significant 'firsts' in the region.
Set in the gardens of Emirates Towers, it will act as the temporary office for the Dubai Future Foundation, an organisation that will help deliver smart technologies to the emirate. Driverless cars, for example, are the work of the Foundation, and so too the World Future Games, set to take place in 2017.
But first, an office. Built using cement and other US/UAE building materials, it has undergone rigorous testing in the UK and China, and was 'made' by a printer and robotic arm measuring 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide.
One human monitored the print while it was in progress, and a further 17 were used to install components on site. According to figures in the media, that cut the manual work force by 50 per cent on a typical normal project of this size.
It took just 17 days to print and two days to install on site. This building isn't just for look either; it comes complete with electricity, water, telecommunications and air conditioning right through its 250 square metres.
As well as cutting man hours, 3D printing also cuts costs and ensures faster delivery of a number of thins ranging from buildings to limbs.
THE GARDENS ARE, OF COURSE, NATURAL AS OPPOSED TO PRINTED...
BUT THE ART WORK IS PROBABLY PRINTED...
AND IT'S EVEN GOT STUFF INSIDE...
Speaking at its unveiling, HH Sheikh Mohammed said: "We announce today the opening of the first 3D-printed office in the world, after less than a month of launching Dubai 3D printing strategy, which showcases a modern model of construction. This is an experience we present to the world on implementing future technology in our lives, and it represents a new milestone for the UAE as a global leader in strategic achievements."
His Highness added: "We see this project as a case study that will benefit regulators as well as research and development centres at the regional and international levels on real application of 3D printing technology. We are documenting this experience and building on it to take advantage of the most important lessons, which will serve as a reference point to take this technology to new levels."
All images via Twitter (@DXBMediaOffice and @HHShkMohd)