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DSOA inks deal with Dubai Municipality arm to create geospatial data

Agreement follows a previous MoU signed between DSOA and Dubai Municipality in November 2019 aimed at enhancing cooperation between both entities

The Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Centre of Dubai Municipality. The collaboration aims to enhance geospatial infrastructure development to accelerate digital transformation, with the aim of keeping pace with new opportunities to upgrade smart services and facilitate work procedures.

The MoU was signed remotely by Muammar Al Katheeri, executive VP of Engineering and Smart City at DSOA and Mariam Obaid Al Muhairi, director of Dubai Municipality’s GIS Center. The agreement is said to serve as a gateway to mapping Dubai’s economy through a unified and up-to-date baseline map using the latest geotechnical technologies at Dubai Municipality.

The MoU grants DSOA access to the interactive planning and survey mapping of Dubai, provided by the GIS Center at Dubai Municipality. DSOA will acquire geographical data in addition to other specialised systems, smart applications and three-dimensional models of geospatial data and information on projects and areas under development at DSOA, in addition to providing aerial photography services, geospatial vehicles, and specialized training and consulting.

In turn, DSOA will provide the GIS Center with electronic data and digital information with a geographical dimension, including infrastructure and land data, residential and commercial unit plans, and 3D building data.

“DSOA’s Smart Cities strategy focuses on utilising the latest and comprehensive data to position DSO as a test bed for the latest infrastructure development applications and sustainable options to serve its residents, business partners and the wider Dubai community. The agreement enhances the competitiveness of Dubai’s business environment and supports the development of an integrated economic and social strategy for post COVID-19,” said Al Katheeri.

Al Muhairi noted that the GIS Center was keen to co-ordinate with various parties in the public and private sectors, in a bid to raise the level of services and facilitate workflow with the use of the latest geographical and spatial data and information.

“We are committed to support the provision of an advanced and integrated infrastructure in Dubai, in cooperation with key players in drawing the economic map of Dubai,” she stated.

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