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World’s first 3D printed abra approved by Crown Prince of Dubai

Under the Marine Transport Master Plan 2030 that aims to expand the city's maritime transport network by 188%

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Dubai, known for its forward-thinking initiatives, is setting its sights on a monumental expansion of its marine transport network, under the endorsement of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai. While the Dubai Marine Transport Master Plan 2030 encompasses several transformative measures, one that stands out is the introduction of the world’s first electric abra produced using 3D printing technology.

The Master Plan was presented to His Highness during his visit to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, the Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA. This comprehensive blueprint anticipates a 51% rise in marine transport users and a significant 188% increase in the marine transport network’s total length. Furthermore, the plan outlines the growth of marine transport stations from 48 to 79, along key waterways in Dubai.

A considerable 400% increase in passenger transport lines and a 32% expansion in the marine transport fleet underscore Dubai’s commitment to enhancing its marine transport infrastructure.

However, the 3D printed electric abra is what truly sets the plan apart. This groundbreaking initiative, developed in collaboration with the private sector, promises to revolutionize marine transport. Remarkably, the use of 3D printing technology for the production of this 20-passenger vessel has cut manufacturing time by 90% and reduced costs by 30%.

Moreover, the adoption of predictive maintenance systems, embedded with remote monitoring devices and sensors, has augmented marine transport safety. RTA’s endeavor to integrate Artificial Intelligence for real-time monitoring speaks volumes about its dedication to employing cutting-edge technology.

As Dubai propels forward with its Marine Transport Master Plan 2030, its commitment to innovation, safety, and efficiency is evident. With the world’s first 3D printed electric abra as a testament to its visionary approach, Dubai continues to set global standards for marine transport.

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