40 and Under: the Most Influential Young Arabs in the Middle East
Talib Al Hinai

Industry: Technology

Company: Buildrone

Designation: Founder

Country: United Arab Emirates

Age: 25

Country of residence: United Arab Emirates

At just 24 years old, Emirati inventor Talib Al Hinai has achieved more than most people would in a lifetime. He’s best known for developing Buildrone, the world’s first flying 3D-printing drone, which was chosen among 664 submissions from 121 countries and won him AED1m and the national prize at last year’s UAE Drones for Good awards. It can take liquid drops of a lightweight builders’ foam to pipeline leaks that then expand to 25 times its original size to plug up the leak. Al Hinai has been living between the UK and UAE as he pursues his PhD at Imperial College.