UAE Vice President and Prime Minister HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, issued a Decree No (24) of 2021 regulating the use of 3D printing in the construction sector.

Dubai Municipality is tasked with overseeing the implementation of the new decree. The new legislation supports the emirate’s strategic target to ensure that 25 per cent of its buildings are constructed using 3D printing technology by 2030, reported state news agency Wam.

The decree also aims to promote Dubai as a regional and global hub for the use of 3D printing technologies. The new legislation seeks to enhance efficiencies in construction projects, boost the local industry’s competitiveness, reduce waste and attract leading companies in the sector to Dubai.

Any entity seeking to conduct 3D printing activity in the sector must first register with Dubai Municipality and obtain a licence before seeking further approvals from other authorities. Real estate developers should also ensure that 3D printing related projects are executed only by contractors licensed for the activity by Dubai Municipality, it stated.