Saudi Arabia announces 1st house built using 3-D printing tech

A 3-D digital model is built by printing successive layers on top of each other until the final form is complete. (SPA)
Updated 11 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia announces 1st house built using 3-D printing tech

  • A 3-D digital model is built by printing successive layers on top of each other until the final form is complete

JEDDAH: The National Housing and Industrial Development and Logistics Program has announced the Kingdom’s first house built using 3-D printing technology.
The program’s aim is to keep abreast of technological progress worldwide in the construction industry, and to promote the adoption of innovative techniques and the Saudization of the industry in the Kingdom.
Located on Housing Ministry land west of King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the house was built by Dutch company CyBe, which is one of the leading companies that owns the technology in the world.
It will be accessible for five days to specialists, workers and those interested in the construction sector by appointment via https://housing.sa/3d.
Saudi Housing Minister Majed bin Abdullah Al-Hogail inspected the house, accompanied by the head of the program, Dr. Abed Al-Sadoon, and the deputy ambassador of the Netherlands to the Kingdom, Masha Pack.
Al-Hogail said: “This experiment gives us an idea about the future of construction in the coming years, and the Kingdom’s role in leveraging modern technologies to achieve prosperity for its citizens.”
He stressed the Kingdom’s keenness to develop Saudis’ abilities and skills so as to give them more job opportunities.
Al-Sadoon thanked the Saudi leadership for bringing the latest construction technologies to the Kingdom.
He stressed its eagerness to develop the local construction industry, and to encourage the private sector to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies in housing projects.
Pack said the Kingdom’s first house built using 3-D printing technology is a good example for future construction.
A 3-D digital model is built by printing successive layers on top of each other until the final form is complete.


Put pressure on Houthis to comply with Stockholm Agreement, Saudi envoy urges UN 

Updated 24 January 2019
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Put pressure on Houthis to comply with Stockholm Agreement, Saudi envoy urges UN 

  • Prince Khalid says Houthis have repeatedly violated the agreement signed in Sweden last year
  • Despite the agreement, Houthis have launched drone attacks, shelled Saudi border towns and launched a ballistic missile towards KSA

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the US urged the United Nations on Thursday to take the Houthi militia to task for “reneging on their commitments” under the Stockholm Agreement on Yemen.
“The Stockholm Agreement between Yemeni parties is being violated repeatedly by the Houthis,” Prince Khalid bin Salman said in a series of tweets.
He said the Yemeni government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Saudi-led Coalition that is backing it have been implementing their obligation under the agreement.
Signed last December in Stockholm, Sweden, the agreement is an important first step for sustainable peace and offers hope for millions of Yemenis.
“(But) it takes two sides to make it work, so far, the Iran-backed Houthi militia seems determined to uphold the misery and suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people,” Prince Khalid said.
“Not only did the Houthis refuse to implement the Stockholm agreement, which they signed to, but they also went beyond that and continued their armed assault including drone attacks, the shelling of residential neighborhoods & launching a ballistic missile towards KSA,” he tweeted.
He also pointed to the attack on Jan. 17 that targeted a UN convoy in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah, which was blamed on Houthis.
"The Iran-backed militia displayed its contempt for peace by attempting to target a UN convoy, this is a reminder that we are dealing with a lawless militia that does not care about peace or the fate of millions of Yemenis," the envoy said.
He said the UN should "name the party that failed to uphold basic confidence building measures leading up to the Stockholm agreement, and clearly identify who is responsible for the attack on the armored vehicle that was carrying chief UN monitor Patrick Cammaert."