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Dubai Municipality first to issue license for 3D printed villa construction

24 July 2023

Dubai Municipality has announced the issuance of construction licence for a private villa using 3D printing technology, the first time to have ever been issued. 

The villa will be printed in one session and will be located at Al Awir 1 area in Dubai. The four-metre-tall structure will be printed in a single session and the villa construction work that began recently, will be part of an unprecedented project. 

The villa will be ready by October 2023 and will be built entirely from locally sourced concrete.

The procedures enhance the aspirations of Dubai and support objectives of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy 2030. The strategy is intended to enhance the percentage of implemented 3D printed buildings in the Emirate and to achieve the minimum target rate of 25 percent towards 2030.

The Acting CEO of the Buildings Regulation and Permits Agency at Dubai Municipality, Mariam Al Muhairi, speaking on this project, said that the project aims to encourage engineers, contractors, investors, and realty developers to adopt and make use of the technology for building purposes.

The Municipality also offers support and facilities to monitor and control the usage of this innovative technology in building and construction, inline with the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy and Decree No.24 of 2021 regulating the use of 3D Printing in Construction Works in Dubai, aiming to increase the percentage of buildings implemented and printed using 3D technology by no less than 25 percent by 2030.

The 3D-printed construction offers a variety of economic and environmental benefits including less construction costs, shorter construction time by shortening supply chain for construction work, ease of construction of complex shapes structures, use of sustainable raw materials and recycled materials in construction and environmental preservation by reducing the number of tailings resulting from construction work.

As it does not require a huge number of personnel onsite, the 3D printing technology is quicker and accurate than traditional construction methods.

Dubai Municipality launched several technical activities specialized in 3D printing technology last year, including construction engineering consultancy activity with this technology, construction contracting activity with 3D printing technology and manufacturing concrete for construction using this technology.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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