Abu Dhabi: The Federal Geographic Information Centre has launched the first-of-its-kind Union Atlas in the UAE. The initiative seeks to ensure the availability of reliable geospatial and statistical information to all members of society as well as to federal, governmental, and private entities in vital sectors in the UAE.
The Union Atlas provides an integrated database that allows entities to conduct scientific research and studies related to social, economic, and geographical fields. It further facilitates the process of exchanging information between various authorities to enhance their operational performance. The initiative will contribute to supporting innovation and scientific research in the UAE through interactive maps, reliable data, and world-class performance indicators.
“The launch of this project by the Centre seeks to provide an integrated database that includes all reliable geospatial and statistical information. In doing so, the Centre aims to enhance operations and support future planning for various government and private entities, as well as vital sectors in the UAE, to support our wise leadership’s efforts to achieve comprehensive development,” the Chairman added.
“The Union Atlas will serve as an integrated platform that empowers all stakeholders in the public and private sectors in the UAE by providing them with geospatial information to be utilised in planning, research studies, and the implementation of major initiatives and projects. It will also play a key role in facilitating the exchange and integration of spatial data between entities to elevate their performance,” Mr. Hamed Khamis Al Kaabi, Director-General of the Federal Geographic Information Centre (FGIC), commented.
Ms. Anwaar Al Shimmari, Executive Director of the Geospatial Governance Sector at the Federal Geographic Information Centre, remarked that “the Union Atlas will provide an advanced platform that encompasses all geospatial and statistical information, supporting various government and private entities in conducting scientific research. It will also promote the growth of vital sectors’ operations, including education, culture, and health, and develop a solid infrastructure that contributes to achieving the UAE’s strategies for driving digital transformation.”