His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, mentioned that the UAE has developed as one of the foremost incubators of innovation and future technology in the world today, and its intensive initiatives to form the future have become global models that can be matched in all sectors.
“We implement what we plan, and we pursue actions not theories. The rapidly changing world requires us to accelerate our pace of development, for history does not recognize our plans but our achievements,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said while the opening of the ‘Office of the Future’, the first 3D-printed office in the world.
The exceptional building on the Emirates Towers premises will house the temporary office of the Dubai Future Foundation. The use of 3D printing in architecture still needs logistics to be worked out, but a new evidence of concept has just been unveiled. The 250-square-metre space (2,700 square foot) in Dubai’s Museum of the Future is the world’s first 3D-printed office building. China had unveiled the world’s first 3D printed office building and mansion in early 2015.
First announced in June 2015, the new building’s purpose is to showcase the United Arab Emirates’ commitment to innovation and looking to the future, and promote the UAE as a world leader in 3D printing. A 3D printer was used to print the building in a special cement mixture, layer by layer. It took a total of 17 days to print the building at a cost of about $140,000, after which the interior and exterior design details were added.
To make, one person was employed to monitor the 3D printer and seven people managed the installation of building components on-site, and 10 electricians and other specialists joined to take care of the engineering aspects. They represented a savings of 50 percent on normal labour costs. The open plan office will initially house the Dubai Future Foundation temporarily and will offer as a workspace and it could also, in the future, be used to host exhibitions, workshops and other events.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and a number of senior officials.