Middle East and Africa 3D 4D Technology Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Middle East and Africa 3D 4D Technology Market is Segmented By Application (Electrical & Electronic Components (IC, Transistors, Sensors Etc), 3D Printer, 3D Gaming Console, 3D Imaging, 3D Displays), Vertical (Healthcare, Entertainment & Media, Education, Government, Industrial, Consumer Electronics) and Country.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2019
CAGR: 21.5 %

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Market Overview

The Middle East and Africa 3D 4D Market are expected to reach a CAGR of 21.5% during the forecast period. The United Arab Emirates is quickly rising as one of the strong players in the additive landscape. Though the small country in the region has not necessarily put forward influential additive manufacturing (AM) hardware systems, it has been adopting the technology across a range of sectors (most notably, in the medical field).​

  • The UAE government has also been actively supporting the creation of advanced manufacturing and design hubs. An initiative, known as Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, was recently launched to promote the status of the United Arab Emirates, specifically Dubai, as the leading hub of 3D printing technology by the year 2030. 
  • Moreover, with the largest population in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai already has the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2717 feet tall or 160 stories. Adding to the list, in December 2019, Dubai became home to the largest 3D printed building ever constructed. 
  • The Suzhou building, a five-story apartment complex, is taller, the 31-foot-tall Dubai building is larger by volume at 6,900 square feet. Its purpose is a bit less exciting than its construction; it will be used for administrative work by the Dubai Municipality. Also, according to the Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai plans to 3D print 25% of every new building by 2025. Among the many sectors, the initial focus is on the construction sector. This exhibits the growth of 3D reconstruction in the coming future.​
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the major end-user industries of 3D 4D technology such as Construction, Consumer Electronics and components and has caused supply chain disruptions which has impacted the production process. On the other hand, the pandemic has given a boost to the healthcare industry in the region which is helping to compensate the damage done due to lower demand and supply chain issues. For instance, one of the companies that has offered its expertise is Proto21, a 3D printing company that is manufacturing items to protect the safety of frontline workers. Proto21 has transformed its 3D printing labs into a manufacturing hub for various personal protective equipment such as face shields, ventilator splitters and valves for snorkel masks.

Scope of the report

Some of the prominent countries in the region are rapidly adopting 3D 4D technologies in various end-user industries which are expected to drive the market during the forecast period. The report provides an in-depth analysis of various applications of 3D 4D technology such as 3D printing, 3D gaming consoles, 3D Imaging among others in various end-user industries in the region including Healthcare, Entertainment & Media, Education, Government, Industrial, Consumer Electronics. The report also provides a detailed country-wise analysis of the market.

Electrical & Electronic Components (IC, Transistors, Sensors Etc)
3D Printer
3D Gaming Console
3D Imaging
3D Displays
Other Applications
Entertainment & Media
Consumer Electronics
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Healthcare is Expected to Hold SIgnificant Share

  • Dubai Health Authority has committed to regulating and setting the standards of the use of the technology in the healthcare sector and is expected to focus on developing 3D bioprinted teeth, bones, medical, artificial organs and surgical devices, and hearing aids. This is expected to positively contribute to the growth of the market studied over the forecast period.​
  • Further, in January 2020, medical experts from the Dubai Health Authority’s Innovation Centre collaborated with Sinterex O to bring 3D printing to the point. It provides medical professionals at DHA, patient-specific anatomical model, where workflows start with the patient data acquisition from a CT or MRI scan where the data is brought into medical image segmentation software, allowing the physician to isolate the specific anatomical region of interest. ​
  • Furthermore, knee replacement surgeries are common in the region, among other joint surgeries, and the most important factor for achieving high accuracy and success rates is preoperative planning, during which the orthopedic surgeon normally uses expensive, time-consuming, scarcely available modalities (CT, MRI). To overcome the obstacle, players are announcing new innovative technologies to improve the physician workflow.​
  • In March 2020, RSIP Vision, Israel, announced a new innovative AI-based solution for 3D reconstruction of knees from X-ray Images. This technology provides physicians a rich 3D modeling of each bone, which could help in providing critical data for surgery planning and implant fitting, improving physicians' workflow and reducing the need for high-cost and high-radiation currently used methods. Physicians will receive a precise 3D anatomical model of the patient’s knee, enabling optimal pre-op planning and precise implant tailoring.​
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Construction is Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • The Middle East is one of the fastest-growing regions for Autodesk, due to the demand in the construction industry. The company has been getting large projects in this region, especially due to Saudi Vision 2030, which may further increase the company’s market share. Such instances prompt increasing awareness levels with respect to advanced technologies. ​
  • Moreover, the ancient cities are considered cornerstones of the world culture. The brutal Middle East wars of recent years have led to the destruction of ancient city centers with mosques, temples, and other historical landmarks in Iraq and Syria. The government focuses on using 3D digital technology, where the volunteers decided to work on a virtual exhibition that would both educate the public about the destruction that took place and also help in collecting digital documentation to help in reconstruction efforts. This exhibits the demand for 3D reconstruction in this location in the heritage segment.​
  • As AI begins to take hold in the technology department, players are continuously innovating new technologies integrating 3D reconstruction. A player Abelians, Israel, brings another way to improve on going from 2D into 3D seamlessly through 3D scene reconstruction from a single image. This type of software can benefit from AI research by using neural network solutions.​
  • Moreover, in South Africa, there has been numerous requests to start looking into the methods of 3D printing for affordable housing, however the only real sign of initiation of 3D printing is the fact that a research programme has been launched at the Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Development of Sustainable Infrastructure (CDSI), where a 3D concrete printer was designed and manufactured for research purposes. However, initiatives such as these are expected to drive the growth of the market in African region.
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Competitive Landscape

The Middle East and Africa 3D 4D Technology Market are fragmented due to the presence of many international players as well as the entry of new players in the market. The growth is further supported by rapidly growing end-user industries such as construction that will further make the market more competitive.

  • August 2020 - Nubia announced to launch its new powerful gaming smartphone in the Middle East in September 2020, with its RedMagic 5S set to offer a superior mobile gaming experience for users in the region. Matching the performance and durability, the device also features a 64 megapixel Sony triple camera and provides immersive audio and 4D shock.
  • October 2019 - Global renewable energy, infrastructure, water, and services company ACCIONA, headquartered in Madrid, inaugurated a new global 3D printing center in Dubai that plans to meet the continuing demand for 3D printed infrastructure. According to ACCIONA, the facility houses the world’s largest operational powder bed 3D printer, which uses concrete as a base material – perfect for creating very resistant structural parts in architectural, building, construction, and other urban applications.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Technology Snapshot

      1. 4.4.1 Trends in 3D Technology

      2. 4.4.2 Trends in 4D Technology

      3. 4.4.3 Applications of 3D/4D Technology

    5. 4.5 Market Drivers

      1. 4.5.1 Increasing Applications of 3D Printing in Construction

      2. 4.5.2 Increased investment in R&D expected to boost market growth

    6. 4.6 Market Restraints

      1. 4.6.1 Costs and availability of Raw Material

      2. 4.6.2 Economic Instability of The Region

    7. 4.7 Market Opportunities

      1. 4.7.1 Increasing usage of 3D Technology in Healthcare


    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Electrical & Electronic Components (IC, Transistors, Sensors Etc)

      2. 5.1.2 3D Printer

      3. 5.1.3 3D Gaming Console

      4. 5.1.4 3D Imaging

      5. 5.1.5 3D Displays

      6. 5.1.6 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Vertical

      1. 5.2.1 Healthcare

      2. 5.2.2 Entertainment & Media

      3. 5.2.3 Education

      4. 5.2.4 Government

      5. 5.2.5 Industrial

      6. 5.2.6 Consumer Electronics

    3. 5.3 Country

      1. 5.3.1 United Arab Emirates

      2. 5.3.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 5.3.3 South Africa

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 3D Systems Corporation

      2. 6.1.2 Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 LG Electronics Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Barco N.V.

      5. 6.1.5 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

      6. 6.1.6 Autodesk, Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Stratasys, Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Panasonic Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 Sony Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The MEA 3D 4DTechnology Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The MEA 3D 4DTechnology Market is growing at a CAGR of 21.5% over the next 5 years.

3D Systems Corporation, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., LG Electronics Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Panasonic Corporation are the major companies operating in MEA 3D 4DTechnology Market.

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