By Sam Bridge
Dubai Future Foundation is recognised as a new Guinness World Records title holder for building the world's first 3D-printed commercial building
Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) has been officially recognised as a new Guinness World Records title holder for building the world’s first 3D-printed commercial building.
The UAE now holds more than 400 world records making it the number one Arab city, DFF said in a statement.
DFF’s Office of the Future was awarded the prestigious Guinness World Records certificate at a ceremony held at Emirates Towers, Dubai, which was attended by Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation and Talal Omar, director – MENA at Guinness World Records.
Created with just one printer which measured 20 feet high, 120 feet long and 40 feet wide, the construction of the Office of the Future used 50 percent less manpower than conventional buildings of a comparable size and produced 60 percent less construction waste.
Overall, it took 17 days to print, two days to install and three months to build, landscape and interior design.
Today, the office is home to DFF’s Dubai Future Academy, a knowledge hub that seeks to prepare generations of leaders with the skills and tools to understand and adopt emerging technology.
Belhoul said: The Office of the Future’s success in achieving this global recognition embodies the vision of the UAE leadership and their innovative spirit in realizing the importance of adopting emerging technology such as 3D printing and using it in the development of vital sectors and the creation of new economic opportunities, further positioning Dubai and the UAE as a hub for innovation and a test bed for emerging technologies.
“Since its launch, the Office of the Future has contributed to enhancing the awareness of the importance of 3D printing technology, which is seen as a promising sector that provides billions of dollars in investment opportunities.”
In line with the UAE’s Vision 2021 program, the Dubai government has devised a strategy to be the world’s most innovative city by 2021.
Inaugurated in 2016, the Office of the Future is the first 3D-printed building of its kind and launched as part of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy.tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.