KSA seeks to solve housing crisis with 3D-printed homes

This apartment building was printed by Shanghai-based WinSun 3D. (Courtesy: 3DPrint.com)
Updated 06 August 2016
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KSA seeks to solve housing crisis with 3D-printed homes

RIYADH: Saudi officials have begun studying the use of 3D-printed houses as a way to solve the housing crisis in the Kingdom, which is expected to affect some 1.5 million people during the next five years. The homes are printed in prefabricated panels, which are fit together on site.
Saudi officials met with representatives of WinSun Decoration Design Engineering, a Chinese company that specializes in 3D printing, to explore the possibilities of this technology and to discuss how it could be used by the Ministry of Housing and other government bodies, as well as by research and development companies.
The firm gave a presentation on its skills and showed models for houses that have already been built in a number of countries, in addition to a building that was opened in the UAE last May. They also shared information on the first 3D-printed building in the Gulf — Future Office.
Following the high-profile meeting, it was not clear whether a deal will be signed to make this technology part of the housing crisis solution in Saudi Arabia.
The company’s representatives, however, said the use of 3D technology decreases the cost of labor by 70 percent and decreases construction waste by 60 percent.
The technology mixes waste construction material, glass, steel and cement together to form the houses, which is then sprayed on each surface to form a solid wall. According to the company, a unit can be printed in one day, and a small house can be built in just 30 minutes.
Dubai is the first city in the Gulf to use this technology. It says by 2030, 25 percent of its homes will be 3D printed.


Number of female, male lawyers on the rise in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Justice noted that the Judicial Training Center recently organized a number of courses qualifying lawyers to obtain their legal license. (SPA)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Number of female, male lawyers on the rise in Saudi Arabia

  • The number of women officially registered with the ministry amounts to 221 lawyers during the year 1439H, compared to 83 licenses granted in 1438H

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Justice, represented by the Department of Lawyers, has announced that the total number of lawyers registered with the Ministry has reached 5,496, including 332 female lawyers.
The ministry’s figures show a steady increase amounting to 77 percent in the number of female lawyers in the Kingdom during the Hijri year 1439H, compared with the previous year.
“The number of women officially registered with the ministry amounts to 221 lawyers during the year 1439H, compared to 83 licenses granted in 1438H. The number of male lawyers reached 877 compared to 730 the year before,” the ministry said.
The Ministry of Justice noted that the Judicial Training Center recently organized a number of courses qualifying lawyers to obtain their legal license. “These courses were attended by 1,171 beneficiaries, in the vocational and training courses, including 521 female trainees,” the ministry added.
Women’s increasing role in judicial affairs comes with the Minister of Justice and the President of the Supreme Judicial Council of Saudi Arabia Dr. Waleed bin Mohammed Al-Samaani’s attempt to empower Saudi women.
Al-Samaani has instructed enabling Saudi women to obtain the “authentication license” which grants them the power to perform some of the tasks of notaries.
As part of the government’s Vision 2030 goal to raise women’s participation in the workforce, new job opportunities have become increasingly available to females.