The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) achieved a significant feat by winning the 3D Printing Award at COMEX 2023, held last week.
The award was given to OPAZ for its groundbreaking utilisation of 3D printing technology in the construction of a commercial cafe and a residential unit in the fishermen’s village located within the tourist zone of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD).
The recognition of OPAZ with the 3D Printing Award signifies an acknowledgment of its commitment to excellence in providing cutting-edge digital services in the investment sector and its dedication to serving investors, a press release stated.
‘It is also a tribute to the organisation’s relentless efforts in digital transformation, which include the implementation of various electronic programmes, online applications, and the adoption of artificial intelligence technologies. These tools have been instrumental in streamlining procedures and delivering prompt, secure, and comprehensive services to investors.’
In line with its focus on innovation, development, and the use of modern technologies to enhance the experience of investors and service beneficiaries, OPAZ is currently developing a strategic digital transformation plan. ‘This plan aims to further elevate its services and adhere to industry best practices, ultimately fostering the growth and prosperity of the special economic and free zones, as well as the industrial cities under its supervision.’
The cafe, spanning an area of 101sqm, was erected within an impressive timeframe of approximately 35 hours. Similarly, the residential unit, occupying 72sqm of land, was completed in a remarkable 12 hours.
‘These projects mark a significant milestone in the construction field, showcasing the immense potential of 3D printing technology. Notably, this technology stands out for its exceptional speed, as the structures are built without the need for conventional concrete bases and columns. Instead, the 3D printing process involves converting concrete material into an integrated structure using an automated printer.’
It is important to highlight that OPAZ approved the use of 3D printing technology in construction in 2021. ‘This decision reflects OPAZ’s commitment to supporting innovation, research, and development in the construction sector, particularly through the implementation of modern technologies.’