Real estate developer Emaar Properties has announced plans to build its first 3D-printed home in Dubai. This is the first step towards Emaar’s ambition to be a leading adopter of advanced construction technologies, the company said on Thursday.

Following a global competition, Emaar said it has awarded the contract to 3D-print a model home in Arabian Ranches III, adding that the construction will be facilitated using a local contractor.

Emaar said its use of 3D printing technology will promote the sustainable use of resources by reducing waste of construction materials and noise pollution.

Emaar added further added that upon completion, the 3D printed model home will serve as a reference point for investors to further understand the concept and appreciate the value add that advanced technology brings to the real estate sector.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “As the pioneer of integrated communities in Dubai and the trend-setter in the region’s property sector, our plans to embrace 3D printing of homes is an integral part of our digital-first and customer-first strategy.

“Through this, we are not only positioning ourselves as an early adopter of advanced technology but also creating long-term value for our customers as 3D printing brings numerous advantages such as reduced cost of construction, more efficient use of materials and higher levels of sustainability.”

Emaar said it aims to set the region’s benchmark in construction best practices as 3D printed homes bring several benefits including accelerated delivery of homes and more flexibility in design.