Visit World's First 3D-printed Mosque On Your Saudi Arabia Trip

Jeddah recently unveiled the world's first 3D-printed mosque, blending tradition with innovation
The mosque was constructed using 3D printing technology
The mosque was constructed using 3D printing technologyX/@FACTMagazineME

Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea, recently inaugurated the world's first mosque constructed using 3D printing technology. Located in the Al-Jawhara suburb, this architectural marvel bears the name of the late Abdulaziz Abdullah Sharbatly, a tribute from his wife, Saudi businesswoman Wajnat Abdulwahed.

The brainchild of the National Housing Co., the Abdulaziz Abdullah Sharbatly Mosque, was recently unveiled amidst a gathering of government officials and industry leaders. Spearheading the project, Abdulwahed, CEO of Fursan Real Estate, utilised state-of-the-art 3D printers from Guanli, a leading Chinese manufacturer in the field.

At the heart of the design lies attention to detail, aiming to foster tranquillity and hospitality among worshippers. Inspired by the Hijr Ismail beside the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque, the open outdoor area serves as an extension for congregants during Friday prayers, Ramadan's Taraweeh prayers, and Eid celebrations.

Speaking to an English-language daily newspaper published in Saudi Arabia, Abdulwahed expressed her vision for the mosque's aesthetic and spiritual significance, emphasising its circular design for easy orientation towards the qibla and its harmonious integration of natural light. The minarets, designed as distinctive landmarks, further enhance the mosque's architectural allure.

Yet, the journey to realising this architectural feat was challenging. Abdulwahed highlighted the complexities of 3D printing technology and the need to balance innovation with traditional mosque design elements, a task successfully achieved in collaboration with various stakeholders.

More About Jeddah

Jeddah stands as a bustling commercial centre and serves as the primary passage for pilgrims journeying to the sacred Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina. Along the Corniche, a picturesque waterfront promenade adorned with resort hotels, sandy beaches, and striking outdoor artworks, lies the renowned King Fahd's Fountain. Preserving its heritage, the Al-Balad historic quarter, established in the 7th century, showcases the enduring charm of traditional coral-built homes.

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