100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Talib Al Hinai

Designation: Inventor

Country: UAE

Country of residence: United Arab Emirates

Talib Al Hinai has the cool responsibility of figuring out how to construct flying robots. It may be for his PhD but the 25-year-old inventor believes drones can be used in various ways to improve people’s lives. He has already developed the world’s first flying 3D printer, which he describes as “a flying robot that deposits polyurethane foam bit by bit which then expands to ‘print’ structures”, and is working with companies in the construction industry to harness drone technology to improve their businesses. Al Hinai holds two provisional patents for his inventions.

The Emirati is currently pursuing his PhD at Imperial College in London. With such a brilliant mind, he graduated with first class honours in Mechatronic Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2013 and in 2014 was selected as a MIT Imperial College Global Fellow.