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Dubai Ruler unveils Smart Buildability Index

Sheikh Mohammed stresses the need for standardisation in the construction industry across the UAE

WAM

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the ‘Smart Buildability Index’, WAM has reported.

The index, an initiative of the Federal Demographic Council, aims to standardise building designs that adopt modern building techniques such as 3D printing and use locally manufactured steel structures, pre-fabricated pillars and walls. It seeks to promote the use of techniques and materials that accelerate construction processes, increase productivity and rationalise the use of unskilled labour.

Speaking during the launch ceremony of the ‘Smart Buildability Index’, Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the importance of standardisation in the construction industry across the UAE. “Such indices should be developed to ensure that standards in the UAE are on par with the highest international benchmarks,” he said.

Sheikh Mohammed also called for strong efforts in the field of smart solutions to accelerate the implementation of the goals of UAE Vision 2021. He added that the best smart technologies should be implemented across all sectors, especially the construction industry.

Sheikh Mohammed witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the Federal Demographic Council, federal ministries and the municipalities of the seven emirates in the presence of royalty and government officials to commence the implementation of the new index across the UAE.

The index will be gradually introduced to construction projects of above 2000 square metres starting from early 2017.

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