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3D printed homes to vertical farms: Sharjah's new $150m futuristic tech hub

The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park is due to open in Q1, 2020

3D printed homes to vertical farms: Sharjah's new $150m futuristic tech hub
Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park already has plans to unveil the first 3D printed house by the end of September, a new futuristic train to accelerate transport and logistics, and advanced hydroponics, aquaponics, and vertical farming projects.

Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI), the emirate’s new futuristic educational facility set to open in Q1 next year, has managed to attract more than $100 million worth of investment in the last six months, according to a senior official.

“We are proud to say that we have already attracted more than $100 million worth of investment in new technology in this park in a span of six months. So far the project has been allocated $150 million for the 1st phase, which includes the main building of the project in addition to the infrastructure, which we are due to inaugurate in Q1 of next year,” Hussain Al Mahmoudi, the park’s CEO, told Arabian Business.

The park already has plans to unveil the first 3D printed house by the end of September, a new futuristic train to accelerate transport and logistics, and advanced hydroponics, aquaponics, and vertical farming projects.

Sharjah already spends $1bn annually on education and this project is an extension to Sharjah government’s work in developing itself as a knowledge economy base, according to Al Mahmoudi.

“There are studies that suggest that cities with education institutions like universities and technology parks around perform better in terms of GDP than cities without. So we believe that this project will really bring an economic impact to the emirates of Sharjah and the UAE,” he said.

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