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Dubai's Innovative Marine Expansion with 3D-Printed Electric Abras

  • Dubai has unveiled an ambitious masterplan for a dramatic expansion of its marine transport system by 2030, including a 188% increase in the total length of waterways and a 400% boost in passenger capacity.

  • A standout feature of this plan is the introduction of the world's first 3D-printed electric abra, offering cost savings of 30% and significantly reduced manufacturing time while retaining traditional aesthetic elements.

  • This move underscores Dubai's commitment to innovation and sustainability in the transportation sector and marks a significant advancement in the application of 3D printing technology in public transportation.


Dubai Embraces 3D Printing for the Future of Marine Transportation.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inspects the prototype of the world's first 3D-printed electric abra.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inspecting the prototype of the world's first 3D-printed electric abra

Dubai has unveiled ambitious plans for substantial enhancements to its marine transport system. The newly introduced masterplan aims to significantly boost passenger capacity, expand the length of waterways, and introduce additional stations.

Simultaneously, the city is poised to introduce autonomous, 3D-printed electric abras to its marine transport fleet.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, has given his official approval to the Dubai Marine Transport Master Plan 2030.

This comprehensive plan outlines an impressive 188% expansion of the marine transport network, a remarkable 400% growth in passenger lines, and the pioneering development of the world’s first electric abra, produced using advanced 3D printing technology.

The 3D-printed abra, developed in partnership with the private sector, is designed to carry 20 passengers and combines a design that melds aesthetics and cultural elements of the original abra.

In line with the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, this initiative slashes manufacturing time by 90% and enables cost savings of 30%.

Additionally, the plan targets a 51% increase in the number of marine transport users, from 14.7 million to 22.2 million annually by 2030. The total length of the marine transport network will increase by 188%, from 55 km to 158 km.

Another key element of the plan will see marine transport stations go up from 48 to 79 stations along the Dubai Creek, Dubai Water Canal, the coastline of the Arabian Gulf, and various waterfront projects.

The plan also includes increasing passenger transport lines from seven to 35, marking a 400% surge, besides expanding the marine transport fleet by 32%, from 196 to 258 marine vessels.

This ambitious plan highlights how 3D printing technology is shaping the future of transportation in Dubai, emphasizing efficiency, sustainability, and innovation.


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