Dubai is on a mission to be 10 years ahead of all other cities
Dubai is innovating new technology for transport and construction at an impressive rate. Plans for a supersonic bullet train (Hyperloop) and even a city on Mars are just a few of the announcements that have caught the attention of world news in recent years.
But did you know about The Dubai 10X? This plan sets the government on a mission to be 10 years ahead of all other cities. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, made the announcement at the 2017 World Government Summit earlier this year, saying, “With its forward-thinking vision and initiatives, the UAE Government is setting an example for authorities all around the world as it moves from simply forecasting the future to actively working to shape it.”
Sheikh Mohammed explained that governments are traditionally resilient to change. “The future is a collection of ideas and ambitions that are made and tested in experimental laboratories, and today’s initiative transforms Dubai into the world’s largest laboratory for the governments of the future.”
Dubai’s futuristic projects
The city is already ploughing forward with a mission to disrupt what has become ‘normal’. Looking to solve traffic congestion by introducing self-driving cars, flying cars, Hyperloop (the supersonic mode of transport that everyone is talking about). When the Hyperloop One team signed an agreement with the RTA, their CEO, Rob Lloyd, said: “The leaders of the UAE understand that transportation is the new broadband, with the power to transform life throughout the GCC.”
As for construction, Sheikh Mohammed announced an initiative to make 25 percent of all buildings 3D printed by 2030. And Dubai-based firm Cazza is looking to use ‘crane printing’ to create the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper.
It’s this ambition that pushed Dubai to build the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest skyscraper) and The Palm Jumeirah (the world’s largest manmade island.)
It’s also the driving force behind the city’s space programme, which should send the first Emirati to space in a few years and see a city built on Mars by 2117.
The city will be the central focus of innovation during Expo2020, when some of the world's most exciting projects and minds will meet to show off and explore new ideas.
One thing is for sure with Dubai, the next announcement is always around the corner, and it will be completely unexpected.