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Sheikh Mohammed signs decree to regulate the use of 3D printing in real estate construction

Sheikh Mohammed signs decree to regulate the use of 3D printing in real estate construction

Any company that intends to use technology in construction process must register with local government.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has signed a decree regulating the use of 3D printing technologies in the construction sector.

This is aligning policy continuation of this industry sector and promoting technology in general.

Dubai Municipality, the governing body of the Emirate, will be tasked with overseeing and regulating the introduction of technology into the industry and compliance with established rules.

This information was shared by Dubai Media Office on Wednesday, the 4th of August.

The new legislation is part of the overall Dubai 3D Printing Strategy announced in 2016. The goal of the program is to bring the industry to a point where 25% of all real estate in Dubai will be built using this technology. The end of the program is scheduled for 2030.

At the moment, there are two large and completed projects where 3D printing has been used:

  • Office of the Future at Emirates Towers.
  • Dubai Municipality Center of Innovation.

Moreover, one of the most notable construction projects using this technology is the Arabian Ranches 3 villa community at the moment.

According to the Sheikh's Decree, any company that decides to use 3D printing technology must first register with Dubai Municipality and obtain an appropriate license.

Only after that, the developer will have to go through all the other mandatory stages of project registration. The developer also takes responsibility to ensure that any contractor who will work with this technology is also licensed by the Municipality.

Companies using technology will receive benefits and incentives both from government and non-government agencies.

One of the main reasons why technology implementation is concerned at the highest government level is the potential of 3D printing to significantly reduce emissions from the construction and operation of new real estate.

Green policy has an important place both in the legislative field and in the market of the Emirates, thus, big business, government and regulators are making great efforts to promote new technologies in the industry.

One of the tools to promote new technologies, including the one we are talking about, is a special platform at the upcoming Expo 2020 in Dubai.

The exhibition center will have a separate large area that showcases all the possibilities that 3D printing offers to the construction sector.

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