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.


Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

The Shoura Council holds its first ordinary session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

  • The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives

The Shoura Council called upon the Family Affairs Council on Tuesday to build and promote the family’s culture of productivity and self-reliance as one of its strategic pillars, and accord top priority to preparing a draft strategy for the family in coordination with the relevant authorities.

The council adopted this resolution during its first ordinary session of the third year of the seventh session, held under the chairmanship of Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh.

The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives, and formulate a scientific description of the characteristics to be instilled in the Saudi family and the enabling supportive environment. 

Assistant Speaker of Shoura Council Yahya Al-Samaan said the council has asked the Public Education Evaluation Commission to focus on leveraging national expertise and to reduce reliance on foreign expertise.

Al-Samaan pointed out that the council made its decision after listening to the views of the members of the Education and Scientific Research Committee on the report submitted by the Public Education Evaluation Commission for the current fiscal year.

On Monday, King Salman inaugurated the third year of the Shoura Council’s seventh session in which he highlighted the Kingdom’s priorities for the coming year and defined the contours of its domestic and foreign policies.

The king pledged to continue the Kingdom’s fight against extremism and all forms of terrorism. He also vowed to support the system of social services and sustainable growth for citizens. 

The speech focused on issues such as the war in Yemen, the Palestinian issue, stability in the oil market, countering Iranian interference in the region and job creation for Saudis.  “The Kingdom will maintain its effort to resolve regional crises,” the king said.

Al-Sheikh noted the council’s pride in the wise leadership’s efforts to unify Arab ranks and promote Islamic solidarity to achieve security and peace in the region and in the world.