The Dubai Municipality has updated the base map of the Emirate of Dubai through its
GIS Center, along with the inventory of government assets across the Emirate. Dawoud
Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, gave significant prominence to the
initiative during his briefing, where he learned of the major projects and operations of
the center for 2022. The initiative focused on the development of a database and
dictionary of assets, which would be updated through aerial photographs and internally
at the centre, through field surveys for strategic partners' assets.
The update process is in line with Dubai Municipality’s goal to provide partners with
services and geospatial maps using the latest technology, in accordance with the best
approved international standards and the directives of Dubai's wise leadership. It
facilitated the systematic collection and compilation of a geospatial database, which will
be updated regularly. The project's outputs further included updated data for Dubai&
Digital Surface Model (DSM) and Digital Terrain Model (DTM), along with the updated
geospatial data and green areas collected using geospatial artificial intelligence
technology. In addition, the GIS Center now owns the first; unit in Dubai, where staff members were trained to take advantage of the technology to construct
three-dimensional models from aerial images, based on corrected measurements for
quality control and data extraction.
Dawoud Al Hajri said: "The municipality, through its GIS Center, is keen to provide
services and geospatial maps to partners using the most advanced technologies,
following internationally accepted standard practices and the wise leadership's
directives. We truly recognize the importance of geospatial projects, operations, and
initiatives, including the update process of the base map project, as it plays a crucial
role in planning and development of the infrastructure in the Emirate."
The project, which utilizes aerial photography and the 3D PluraView, a three-
dimensional stereo device, to cover all of Dubai with an accuracy of 10-15 cms, is
considered to be one of the center's most important projects. The municipality’s efforts are certain to enhance the Emirate’s geospatial projects and improve the asset
database across the region.