Pioneering 3D Printed Coffee Shop Opens Special Economic Zone in Duqm

August 09, 2023

Duqm - August 9, 2023

The Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZD) proudly announces the grand opening of the first-ever commercial coffee shop constructed using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology. Spanning an impressive 101 square meters, this unique establishment has been entrusted to an ambitious Omani entrepreneur, marking a significant milestone in the region's pursuit of innovation and economic empowerment.


Sultan bin Saeed Al Defaie, a distinguished Small and Medium Enterprises Specialist in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, expressed his enthusiasm by stating, "We are wholeheartedly committed to supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and fostering their growth within the thriving ecosystem of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm. By collaborating with SMEs, we reaffirm our unwavering dedication to their success. We have carefully selected an Omani entrepreneur to manage this coffee shop, further reinforcing our initiatives to bolster In-Country Value (ICV), promote an entrepreneurial culture, and drive social and commercial development in SEZD."


As part of SEZD's overarching strategy to foster seamless integration and foster effective partnerships between public and private sector entities, comprehensive support and facilities are offered to SMEs. This includes the provision of modern and innovative marketing outlets within SEZD, enabling these enterprises to expand, flourish, and connect with diverse segments of society," added Al Defaie.

Ali bin Nasser Al Qassabi, the esteemed operator of Cafia Café, proudly announces the opening of their second branch, housed within the groundbreaking 3D café building in Duqm. This architectural marvel holds the distinction of being the first licensed 3D building in the Sultanate of Oman.


Situated in the heart of the region's vibrant tourist area, Cafia Café has meticulously focused on two key elements to create an exceptional experience for its patrons. Firstly, unparalleled attention has been given to the quality of the coffee and beverages on offer, ensuring a delightful sensory journey for coffee enthusiasts. Secondly, the café's interior design exhibits a unique character, making it an ideal destination for both local residents and visitors. The result has been an overwhelmingly positive response and high customer satisfaction.


At the core of Cafia Café is the commitment to providing specialized coffee and tea options. The café's menu boasts a diverse range of cold and hot beverages, meticulously prepared by skilled specialists. In addition, a delectable assortment of sweets, cakes, and croissants is available, sourced from a specialized instant coffee production unit to cater to the varied tastes of customers. Furthermore, Cafia Café has joined forces with several esteemed Omani roasters, forming a collaborative environment that can serve as a role model for aspiring Omani entrepreneurs.


"Cafia Café boasts a strategically unique location, situated in close proximity to the Duqm Front Residential Complex, the road leading to Duqm Beach—an important tourist destination in the region—and a selection of hotels and residential complexes," Al Qassabi highlighted.


It is worth noting that the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) proudly received the prestigious 2023 COMEX Technology Award for its groundbreaking utilization of 3D printing technology in the construction of a commercial café and its annexes. The award, presented in May, serves as a testament to OPAZ's commitment to innovation, digital transformation, and the delivery of exceptional services to investors and stakeholders in the investment sector.


This distinguished accolade recognizes OPAZ as a leading authority in leveraging cutting-edge technologies to enhance the investment experience and streamline procedures. The use of 3D printing technology to construct a commercial café and its accompanying facilities showcases OPAZ's dedication to pushing boundaries and embracing innovative solutions.


The COMEX Technology Award also commends OPAZ for its remarkable efforts in digital transformation, including the development of electronic programs and applications, as well as the adoption of artificial intelligence techniques. These initiatives aim to simplify processes and provide fast, secure, and comprehensive services to investors. OPAZ's unwavering commitment to excellence in the investment sector has garnered well-deserved recognition and has positioned the authority as a leader in the field.