As of 2020, there were 9,123 mosques recorded across the UAE.


Dubai to build world’s first 3D-printed mosque by 2025

The world’s first 3D-printed mosque will be built in Dubai in 2025, according to the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD).

IACAD is set to build the 3D-printed mosque in Bur Dubai, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Dubai. It will sit on 2,000sqm and can accommodate 600 worshippers once completed.

The mosque’s structure will take four months to build using 3D printing, while it will take another 12 months to fit it out with facilities.

A robotic printer will print 2sqm per hour during the construction, said IACAD Director General Dr. Hamad bin Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani.

Shabani said that while concrete will also be used to build the mosque, the main 3D-building technology would make it more sustainable.

“Using 3D printing will reduce the construction material wastes. It is friendly to the environment. The mosque represents the vision of our wise leadership,” he explained.

He said, however, that the construction cost will be 30 percent higher than normal construction cost because the mosque is the first of its kind in the world.

As of 2020, there were 9,123 mosques recorded across the emirates, according to the General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments. ICA/Expat Media

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