FabLab UAE Project
On the basis of the integrated national strategy for innovation launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to have the first place in the world for innovation in UAE, the establishment of Fab Lab UAE was announced by Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance. Fab Lab UAE is the first comprehensive educational Fab-Lab in the UAE officially founded in accordance with the international standards and specifications adopted by the Fab Lab centers. The project main objective is to create an innovation-supporting environment and integrated infrastructure by providing community centers (fab labs) that provide all the segments of society with the opportunity to use the latest devices, tools and programs as well as providing training courses in the digital manufacture world for all segments of society. It is also envisioned to equip schools with small laboratories that provide students with the digital technology and direct their tendencies to acquire digital knowledge as early as possible. Such efforts lead to instilling innovation seeds in students and expanding larger horizons before them to transform their dreams into reality.
What Is FABLAB?
Alfab Lab (Fab lab) is an abbreviation of the two words (Fabrication Lab) and mean manufacturing laboratory began the idea Alfab Lab in industrialized countries where the formation of the Fab Foundation (Fab Foundation) on February 9, 2009 to facilitate and support the Fab Lab network of international growth through the development of centers and regional institutions for Fab Lab, an American non-profit organization affiliated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was established by Professor Neil Gercinfeld, where he is working to provide the tools and knowledge to spread the culture of innovation and invention by using digital technology and manufacturing. The Foundation has established a network Fab Lab, which is about an international network of manufacturers, scientists, engineers, teachers and students between the ages of 5 and 75 years, and working in some 200 Fab Lab laboratory in more than 40 countries
Paths of FabLab UAE:
Fab Lab UAE provides the following innovation paths:
The main Fab Lab:
a major laboratory serves all segments of the society, and it contains all devices, resources and services necessary to implement innovative and creative projects. This laboratory is considered as the training core which supervises the rehabilitation of cadres and pioneers of Fab Lab in the future. In addition, it is the main center which provides support for all the other paths in all respects.
mini-labs established in schools and provide devices, programs and enrichment curriculum that are necessary to promote the culture of innovation and digital manufacturing for students under the supervision of specialized teachers. The first Fab Lab has been set up in Omar Bin Khatab school in Dubai.
Mobile Fab Lab:
Mobile Fab Lab is considered as an educational and promoting way for Emirates Fab Lab as it is considered a mobile workshop aiming at raising awareness of digital manufacturing and technical and training services provided by Fab Lab in all its paths. This mobile lab provides most of equipment, devices and programs needed for digital manufacturing, but in miniature, it also makes introductory tours for schools, universities and other educational institutions and public places to give the targeted the opportunity to experience the digital manufacturing. The project was executed in cooperation with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.