Nakheel Achieves Rapid 3D Printing Success with Al Furjan Hills Project in Dubai

Dubai-based company Nakheel has celebrated the completion of the 3D printing process for the Al Furjan Hills project just 20 days after the start of construction. The Planning and Development Department of Trakhees, the regulatory body of the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), granted Nakheel the first license for constructing buildings using 3D printing technology for the Al Furjan Hills project in December 2023.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, stated, “At the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation, we aim to comply with Decree No. (24) of 2021, which regulates the use of 3D printing in the construction sector in Dubai. By implementing this decree, our goal is to stimulate economic growth, promote environmental sustainability, and foster the development of cities in Dubai through the adoption of innovative solutions. We also seek to strengthen Dubai’s position as a global center for construction and urban development through our collaboration with developers like Nakheel.”

Bin Sulayem emphasized Trakhees’ role in promoting the use of 3D printing technology in Dubai’s construction projects, highlighting their collaboration with several key organizations. He underscored the importance of integrating 3D printing technology with Dubai’s strategic goals in the field, emphasizing its potential to reduce the environmental impact of construction activities.

Abdulla Belhoul, CEO of the Planning and Development Department at Trakhees, PCFC, noted that 3D printing technology has revolutionized the construction industry, providing architects with new possibilities for creating structures quickly and with high precision. He highlighted the significant reduction in on-site labor costs by 80%, resulting in fewer workplace accidents due to programmable and automated construction. Additionally, the implementation of 3D printing technology reduces the duration of construction projects by 60%, accelerating the construction process compared to traditional methods.

Belhoul mentioned that Trakhees will continue working with relevant stakeholders to address the technical aspects related to integrating 3D printing technology into Dubai’s Building Code. This ensures that 3D building projects adhere to approved standards and technical specifications in Dubai, aligning with the latest advancements in construction. The goal is to achieve a smooth integration of modern technologies and regulatory procedures, facilitating the implementation of construction projects using advanced technologies that meet global standards.