Emaar unveils plans to build first 3D printed home in Dubai

WCN Editorial Team 19 Jul 2019 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Real estate developer Emaar Properties has announced plans to build its first 3D printed home in Dubai, UAE.

The move is part of Emaar’s larger ambition to position itself as a leading adopter of advanced construction technologies.

Emaar has awarded the contract to 3D print a model home in Arabian Ranches III to a partnership between an undisclosed international 3D printing technology firm and a UAE-based contractor.

The contract award follows a global competition, which saw the participation of the world’s leading 3D printing technology providers.

Emaar plans to select a local contractor to aid in the construction of the 3D printed home, which is part of Emaar’s effort to adopt innovative construction methods to build faster while achieving the higher design and architectural flexibility, and at a lower cost.  

The company said that the use of 3D printing technology also promotes the sustainable use of resources as it reduces construction materials waste and noise pollution.

Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar said: “As the pioneer of integrated communities in Dubai and the trend-setter in the region’s property sector, our plans to embrace 3D printing of homes is an integral part of our digital-first and customer-first strategy.

“Through this, we are not only positioning ourselves as an early adopter of advanced technology but also creating long-term value for our customers as 3D printing brings numerous advantages such as reduced cost of construction, more efficient use of materials and higher levels of sustainability.

“With 3D printing technology, to be implemented locally using international expertise, we are also supporting the vision of the leadership to build ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities’ that are tech-driven and meet the aspirations of the new generation of customers.

“It will also help accelerate the innovation ecosystem in Dubai, inspiring start-ups to contribute towards advanced construction technology.”

The firm noted that its 3D printed model home, upon completion, will serve as a reference point for investors to further understand the concept for the real estate sector.

Launched last year, Arabian Ranches III project features amenities such as a central park, a 4km long boulevard, a lazy river, and outdoor sports facilities, among others.

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Image: Rendering of 3D printed home in Dubai. Photo: courtesy of EMAAR.

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