Al Hajri reviews Dubai Municipality’s new GIS Center services

Al Hajri reviews Dubai Municipality’s new GIS Center services

Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, reviewed the services offered by the new Geographic Information Systems Center (GIS Center) of the Municipality, which is the approved entity in the Emirate of Dubai for geospatial data and mapping for various government, semi-government and private sector organizations.

Al Hajri toured the facilities of the center, which implements many digital initiatives that adopt the latest technologies in collecting, developing and monitoring the quality of geospatial data, in addition to storing and analyzing this data to make it accessible to decision makers and to support the strategic objectives.

The GIS Center includes four main sections, the Geographic Systems Development Section, the Geographic Information Network Section, the Geographical Data Section and the Geographic Services Section.

Al Hajri was briefed on the technology that is displayed, as he listened to an explanation from the officials of the GIS Center, which is unique in its design itself, and its employment of modern technologies in the field of GIS, which contribute to decision-making. The center exhibits many modern digital technologies, including the geospatial experiments area, which contains the following:

Dubai’s Digital Twin is a digital replica of Dubai in the form of 2D and 3D maps that contain all assets, landmarks, infrastructure data, underground service lines and facilities and the installations, including internal details of buildings, with the effective provision of smart services for different entities.

The GIS Center uses the latest techniques and technologies to create the digital twin of the emirate by using specialized drones in the production of 3D models and the geospatial survey vehicle, in addition to the standards for converting building data into 3D models.

One of the most important uses of the digital twin data outputs is the indoor unit address system, which is a continuation of the Makani building address system. The new system will provide a unified address for each unit that is used by all entities.

Likewise, the Dubai Horizons project, launched by the Municipality in cooperation with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, with the aim of supporting the implementation of the Drone Law, which is concerned with aerial planning, and the locations of airports and helipads for drones. The GIS Center provides geospatial analysis and remote sensing by using geospatial analysis to study and analyze any phenomena.


The GIS Center includes:

Geospatial Innovation:

It is a central area incubating academic geospatial innovation and geospatial innovation for business, through which all kinds of technical and logistical support are provided for future innovations and geospatial solutions, and it contributes to the exchange of ideas between the GIS Center, academia and entrepreneurs in the geospatial field.


Global Geospatial Communication:

It is an area dedicated to global communication with international companies and institutions in the geospatial field, through which workshops and lectures by concerned specialists and global experts are conducted, such as managing global geospatial data in support of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals known as Agenda 2030.


Geospatial Control Room:

It is a specialized room designed and equipped with multiple display screens, through which it displays the geospatial data and applications of the various Municipality departments that support emergency decision-making with the possibility of linking them to the various operations and control rooms in the Dubai government to make decisions supported by integrated geospatial information.

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