Dubai is known for its innovative architecture and ground-breaking constructions, and now it’s set to add another first to its list: the world’s first 3D-printed mosque. The project will be undertaken by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) and is expected to be completed by 2025. The mosque will be located in Bur Dubai, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the emirate and will measure up to 2,000 sq.m, accommodating 600 worshippers once completed.
The use of 3D printing technology will revolutionise the way the mosque is built, with the construction process taking a total of two years. According to a report from Trade Arabia, the building’s structure will take about four months to complete using a 3D robotic printer, with another 12 months required to fully fit it out with appropriate facilities. IACAD Director General Dr. Hamad bin Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani explained that three workers will be required to operate the printer, which will print two square metres per hour.
One of the major advantages of 3D printing is that it drastically reduces the amount of construction material waste generated during the building process. Additionally, this method is more environmentally friendly than traditional construction methods. “The mosque represents the vision of our wise leadership,” said Al Shaibani, emphasising the importance of this project for the people of Dubai and the wider Islamic community.
The mosque’s construction will utilise a combination of raw materials and specially prepared concrete. This mixture will help to ensure the mosque’s durability and longevity, with a building guarantee of 30 years.