3D Printing and Imaging Takes You Back to UAE’s Historical Sites


In wherever we stand today, our respective histories have a lot to do with it. One of society’s most efficient ways to learn and grow is through grasping the lesson acquired from the past. Middle East, however, are having issues about this as they are slowly losing bits and parts of their rich history due to extremist groups that has resurfaced on the area. The heritage is dying because of the conflicts that are happening in the region. The extremists are all set to ruin the area’s archaeological sites and monuments but Dubai Museum of Future Foundation wouldn’t just let it happen through the help of 3D printing and 3D imaging.

The museum is strongly supported by UNESCO together with the UK-based Institute for Digital Archaeology. They are in collaboration to recreate all the destroyed or ruined historical areas within the Middle East in order to preserve their past’s heritage. The UNESCO and the IDA started shared this venture between Harvard University and Oxford University, with the aim of using 3D imaging technology to rebuild and relive archaeological sites.

With the help of 3D printing technology, UAE will have detailed replicas of different historical regions, which will then be collected in a database full of historical archaeological sites from all over the Middle East. The project will stand as proof that even though the original historical facts are physically destroyed or ruined, the more significant value can be infinitely preserved with a database of 3D printed models.

According to Al Gergawi, the Managing Director of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation, heritage sites must be preserve because they stand as a source of inspiration for innovators and pioneers who will build the future. Those who live today must give every effort to give back to the history of a region and build on the achievements of the rich past.

The Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation is planning to collect over one million digital images of these various archaeological sites and monuments by the end of 2015.
The museum will keep them together into realistic, historically accurate 3D models.

Based on the story UAE Revives Historical Sites with 3D Imaging Technology by Tyler Koslow