Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) has selected Doka Gulf as one of the 46 companies that will comprise its third cohort.

As part of the initiative, the Austria-headquartered construction technology company will contribute towards Dubai Municipality’s (DM) target to implement 3D printing technology within a quarter of the emirate’s buildings by 2030.

In conjunction with sister companies B|A|S Research & Technology and Contour Crafting Corporation, Doka Gulf work to fuel the momentum of disruptive technology within the construction sector, supporting Dubai’s vision to become the global leader in industrial 3D printing.

Michael Arnold, managing director of Doka Gulf, commented: “It is a great honour to have been selected for this year’s Dubai Future Accelerators, and to contribute with a clear road map that not only seeks to engage in debate about a better collective future, but to also invest in its realisation.

READ: Doka touts concrete sensor to Dubai Municipality

“It is thanks to this collective mentality that Doka Gulf will be able to add significant value to this year’s programme, and towards Dubai’s reputation as a centre for innovation.”

The DFA initiative is conducted in eight stages over nine weeks, providing time for dialogues, workshopping, and cultural activities.

The programme is designed to enable industry leaders from fields such as energy, education, security, and transportation to discuss innovative ideas, before selecting, approving, and executing a variety of strategies through public-private partnerships (PPPs), using Dubai as a testbed.

Taher Rihawi, head of consulting at Doka Gulf, said: “Innovation has always been at the heart of Doka. In being selected to be a part of the DFA, we have the opportunity to collectively apply our cutting-edge ideas, and make them a reality. 3D printing allows for a more sustainable construction activity, in terms of labour costs and project duration, with less waste produced.”

Khalfan Belhoul, chief executive officer of DFA, added: “As with each of the previous cohorts, there has been an immense amount of preparation for both today’s launch, and for the subsequent nine weeks.

“This is our biggest cohort to date, and we are excited to see not only what projects can be created, but also what impact these PPPs [public-private partnerships] will have for global innovation.”

DFA was launched in July 2016 by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. The initiative, which forms part of Dubai Future Agenda, is hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation in partnership with seven founding entities of the Government of Dubai.

The Future Endowment Fund has provided $275m (AED1bn) for projects and companies taking part in the DFA programme. Funding will be allocated on a discretionary basis over the next five years.