Space Imaging Middle East to co-exhibit with Dubai Municipality at WETEX 2004

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Dubai Municipality and Space Imaging Middle East will participate in the Water & Energy Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2004), which will be held during 22-24 March at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The exhibition, organized by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) at halls 1, 2 and 3 of the World Trade Centre, is considered to be the regional forum for municipalities to exchange ideas and to discuss the latest developments in the field of electricity and environment management. In addition to having its own stand in the exhibition, Dubai Municipality will give a presentation during a seminar highlighting the use of geographic information systems applications in its various departments.

Being the municipality technology provider, Space Imaging Middle East (SIME), the regional leader in satellite imagery, will co-present with the municipality and offer a technical review detailing the use of satellite imagery in cadastral mapping, managing and planning water resources and infrastructure and in monitoring the environment. This part would be presented by George Tabakian, Sales and Technical Manager, SIME, which is also exhibiting at the Municipality stand along with the drainage department.

During the seminar, Manal AlShamlan, Head of GIS Development Unit, Dubai Municipality will highlight the efficient and effective use of cutting edge technology by the municipality. She said that Imagery acquired by the center are converted into different applications and are posted on the municipality intranet to be shared by the different departments. “As a department we always seek to get the latest and most comprehensive geographic data and come out with the most useful and user friendly applications that facilitate the daily task of the different departments,” said Mohamed Al Zaffin, Director of GIS Centre, Dubai Municipality. 

In addition to revealing the current use of satellite imagery by the different departments, the municipality will uncover its future plans to extend the use of satellite imagery in order to maximize the utility of the acquired imagery. AlShamlan said: “Infrastructure is the foundation of any urban society; and for Dubai to fulfill the vision of a regional hub it needs to have well planned and well monitored water and electricity infrastructure”. She added: “We also need to keep a constant track of the change in the land surface to be in sync with the fast development of the Emirate.” The seminar would highlight the use of imagery by the environment department to monitor the pollution in the harbour as well as the corrosion in the coastline. AlShamlan will exhibit to the audience how the drainage department use the satellite imagery to detect the surface water salinity and water aquifers.

On this fact Mohammed El-Kadi, SIME Managing Director commented by saying: “Dubai has set a precedent in its use of satellite imagery; the GIS Centre has successfully extracted complex applications from Imagery for various uses”. He added: “This reveals the degree of development the municipality has reached.”

The exhibition, participated by both government and private sector establishments, is being sponsored by Gulf Eternit Industries, ETA Ascon and Al Rostamani. 


About Space Imaging Middle East
Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) is the leading geospatial and GIS solutions provider in the MENA region. We offer a full spectrum of products and services ranging from imagery collection and processing, to highly customized and sophisticated GIS database and software solutions. SIME is also a founding member of the WorldView Global Alliance, a partnership between SIME, DigitalGlobe, Inc. and European Space Imaging. A first in the industry, the Alliance offers our clients a single channel through which to access best-in-class high-resolution satellite imagery products and services combined with local, direct access service for rapid collection and tailored GIS solutions, supported by expert customer service. For more information on SIME or the WorldView Global Alliance, please visit
About Dubai Municipality
Dubai Municipality is regarded as one of the largest government establishments in Dubai in terms of the number of people it employs, the volume of services it provides to the public and the projects it carries out. Dubai Municipality is the major driving force behind the development process of Dubai City as a whole. The Municipality was established in the 1940s with a total staff strength of three persons who were operating from a single room. However, it was in 1965 that Dubai Municipality came into being officially. The Municipality kept up its steady growth since its inception and has now become a large organisation with more than 11,905 staff working in 32 departments. In short, the Municipality's growth reflects the growth of DubaiCity in general.