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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Dubai's RTA to begin 3-D printing projects

Transport agency begins to factor technology into construction as part of commitment to Dubai Government’s Smart City initiative

An artists's impression of the Hatta Gate Project, part of Hatta Development Master Plan. Courtesy of Dubai Government
An artists's impression of the Hatta Gate Project, part of Hatta Development Master Plan. Courtesy of Dubai Government

A pedestrian bridge, Hatta Gate, a bus stop and a marine station are projects where Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority wants 3-D printing to be used.

In April 2016, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said that 25 per cent of all construction in the emirate must utilise the cutting-edge technology by 2030.

On Wednesday, the RTA said its planned to implement 3-D printing in projects as part of its commitment to Dubai Government’s Smart City initiative.

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"Using 3-D printing technology in these projects will contribute effectively to promoting Dubai as the smartest city; a global hub for tourists, visitors, investors and businessmen and a leading financial, tourism and service centre in the world,” said Abdul Reda Abul Hassan, executive director of rail projects planning and development at the Rails Agency and chairman of the Dubai 3-D printing strategy implementation committee at the RTA.

“We are fully confident that this digital technology will revolutionise Dubai’s mass transit projects,” he said.

In an earlier speech, Sheikh Mohammed said 3-D printing was estimated to add US$300 billion (Dh1.1 trillion) to the world economy by 2025.