May 2, 2016 | By Benedict

Dubai Holding, a global investment holding company, has launched an “International Centre for 3D Printing” at Dubai Industrial City. The project follows the directives of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, a citywide initiative to make Dubai an international destination for 3D printing by 2030.

While the US still leads the way in terms of global 3D printing systems, other countries around the world are beginning to seize the additive initiative, making the industry a far more international phenomenon. The 3D printing industries of several nations in Europe and the Far East are showing promising growth, but perhaps the loudest noises in the industry today are being made in the Middle East—specifically, in the United Arab Emirates. Just last week, Dubai launched the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, an initiative that could see 25% of all Dubai buildings 3D printed by 2030. Today, hot on the heels of that bold promise, comes the news that Dubai Holding has launched an International Centre for 3D Printing at Dubai Industrial City, the recently built “city within a city” near the Al Maktoum International Airport, consisting of numerous warehouses and office spaces.

The new facility is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who has expressed his wish to transform Dubai into a 3D printing hotbed over the next two decades as part of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy. The strategy will focus on three major sectors: Construction, Medical Products, and Consumer Products.

“The establishment of the International Center for 3D Printing by Dubai Holding will enable us take the first steps towards achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to make Dubai a global centre of 3D printing technology,” commented Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation.

As part of the new strategy, the International Centre for 3D Printing will bring businesses and academic institutions together in a large network of factories, research centers, laboratories, and other spaces. Dubai Holding hopes that the facilities on offer will attract big-name 3D printing companies, entrepreneurs, and independent research teams, who will each be supported by a number of integrated services. Professional training and storage solutions will also be offered at the premises.

“The Centre will offer the advantages of ​​strategic location, advanced infrastructure, developed offices, warehouses, exhibition facilities, not to mention the integrated support system that will enable companies to establish their business,” said Abdullah Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Industrial City. “The Centre will host more than 700 local and international companies to make Dubai a major hub of 3D printing technology.”

Abdullah Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Industrial City 

Dubai Industrial City, where the International Centre for 3D Printing will be built

Although the new centre will provide an all-encompassing range of 3D printing services for businesses and researchers, the investors behind the project are particularly confident in the centre’s potential to strengthen 3D printed construction techniques—a strengthening that will be necessary if Dubai is to use additive manufacturing to build 25% of its buildings by 2030.

“The launch of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum comes in line with the vision and strategic directions of the emirate of Dubai to support innovation and future industry,” said Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Group Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Investments. “The world is experiencing significant demand for 3D printing technologies which are set to play an important role in developing basic industries such as real estate.”

The launch of the International Center for 3D Printing is not the first time that Dubai has put its money where its mouth is to develop 3D printing and 3D printed technologies. Last year, the emirate’s civil defense force commissioned the development of 20 3D printed jetpacks to be used by firefighters, at a cost of $250,000 per unit. Dubai’s mooted Museum of the Future represents an even bolder (and more costly) use of additive manufacturing technology, while the city also boasts a number of 3D printed, smartphone-charging Smart Palms, as well as one of the world’s first 3D printed candy stores.



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