Dubai Holding has launched an international centre for 3D Printing with the capacity to host 700 local and international companies as the emirate looks to become a global hub for the technology.
The project, located in Dubai Industrial City, will provide infrastructure for design companies, technology suppliers and factories.
It will also include research centres and labs for testing materials used in 3D printed products in the construction, medicine and consumer sectors.
The project aims to attract entrepreneurs and international companies with the goal of building a network of distinguished enterprises operating within the emirate.
Special laboratories, professional training, facilities, storage and logistical support will be provided to firms operating at the site, according to Dubai Holding.
“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,” said the group chief executive of Dubai Holding’s TECOM unit Dr Amina Al Rustamani.
“We will work on providing a suitable environment for specialised companies and attracting innovative minds by offering the required infrastructure that match the aspirations of the wise leadership. We believe that the new strategy will be a vital element in creating support for Dubai’s key role in the area of 3D printing.”
The announcement follows the launch of an initiative last week by UAE Vice President and and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that will see the emirate become a global hub for 3D printing technology.
He said Dubai would 3D print a quarter of its buildings by 2030 under the plans.
“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 Dubai Industrial City CEO Abdullah Belhoul