Construction 3D Printing

Dubai to create world’s first 3D printed mosque

The 2,000 square meter mosque will have the capacity for 600 worshippers by the time construction finishes in early 2025

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The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) has announced its plans to build the world’s first 3D printed Mosque. The construction of the 2,000 square meter mosque, in Bur Dubai, is expected to start in October 2023, and have the capacity for 600 worshippers by early 2025.

Dubai to create world's first 3D printed mosque with the capacity for 600 worshippers by the time construction finishes in early 2025.

According to The National, the IACAD said that it will take approximately four months to complete the 3D printing of the building’s structure, and a further 12 months to fully fit it out with the appropriate facilities. The 3D robotic printer will be operated by three workers, and will print at a speed of 2m² per hour.

Ali Al Suwaidi, the director of IACAD’s engineering department, reported that the printed material will be a mix of raw materials and special concrete. “The cost is 30 percent higher than building the mosque in the normal way because it is the first of its kind in the world,” said Ali Al Suwaidi at a press conference. “We expect the cost will be similar in the future with 30 years building guarantee.”

The mosque is the latest in Dubai’s 3D printing strategy – a global initiative aimed at harnessing the technology for the good of humanity, and positioning the city as a leader in the field by 2030.

“Using 3D printing will reduce the construction material wastes. It is friendly to the environment. The mosque represents the vision of our wise leadership,” said Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of IACAD.

Dubai to create world's first 3D printed mosque with the capacity for 600 worshippers by the time construction finishes in early 2025.
Samples of 3D printed structures that will be used for the mosque in Dubai. Source: The National.

As it stands, the IACAD is coordinating with the Dubai Municipality to get final approvals on the design.

In August 2021, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, issued a decree to regulate the use of 3D printing in the construction industry in Dubai – to promote the emirate as a regional and global center for the technology. The legislation was aimed at ensuring that a quarter of the emirate’s buildings are built using the technology by 2030.

At Expo 2020 Dubai, there was a specialized 3D printing area that included a research center, an academy, and laboratories to help to develop the technology.

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Edward Wakefield

Edward is a freelance writer and additive manufacturing enthusiast looking to make AM more accessible and understandable.

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