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Jun 22 2020

RTA, Dubai Municipality sign geospatial infrastructure service level agreement

an image During the work on Dubai geospatial infrastructure

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Municipality have signed Service Level Agreement providing for enhanced cooperation in the geospatial infrastructure of Dubai. The step is part of efforts to speed up cooperation between government departments to realise Dubai Plan 2021, which envisions an integrated development model that spans all aspects, especially infrastructure, roads and public transport fields. 

Mohammed Ali Al Awadhi, Director of Information Technology at Corporate Technology Support Services Sector signed for RTA; and Ms. Mariam Obaid Al Muhairi, Director of GIS Centre signed for the Municipality.

The agreement calls for exchanging experiences, information and resources to develop a comprehensive, unified and updated base map for Dubai. Such a map will serve as an effective tool for planning, designing and managing development projects.

Al Awadhi hailed the signing of the agreement with Dubai Municipality; a strategic partner and key contributor to the advancement and future of the Emirate. He also commended the municipal services provided to government entities, including RTA, and support of the Municipality to the business community in Dubai.

“We are excited to sign this agreement, which consolidates our efforts in a variety of fields including the provision of geospatial infrastructure services capable of bringing happiness to Dubai’s citizens, residents, tourists and visitors. The agreement paves the way for an integrated corporate effort to step-up cooperation without overlapping of the respective roles and responsibilities. It will translate into better services, and bigger roles in serving the public interest,” he added. 

“Geospatial data and maps are crucial for decision making and achieving business related to urban planning, infrastructure, roads, transportation, quality of life, security, and health. Overall, it contributes to offering smart services, enhancing economic growth, envisioning the future, besides boosting the international competitiveness and leadership,” said Mariam Al Muhairi. 

According to its establishing Law (6) for the year 2001, the Geographic Information Systems Centre at Dubai Municipality is a single official source for basic and detailed geographic data and information, including urban planning, building legislation, addressing, road network, services, the 3D digital model, and aerial photos.

The centre aims to provide a Digital Twin for Dubai; a digital replica of Dubai in the form of 2D and 3D maps of all assets, landmarks and facilities ranging from master plans to interior details of buildings. It also covers other landmarks such as roads, trees, bridges, green spaces and utility lines as well as details of residential units. 

This digital version provides information necessary for planning and managing the city and supports the effective delivery of smart services, especially when enhanced with the Internet of Things and linked with real-time information. She praised the strategic partnership with RTA and its valuable cooperation with the Centre in various projects and initiatives.

Under the agreement, each party will identify the type of services to be provided to the other, the level and conditions of the service and the respective responsibilities of each, as described in the terms of the agreement. The range of services includes providing and exchanging maps and geographic data, integrating geospatial systems, developing smart applications, providing technical support and advisory services, enabling capacity-building, and establishing electronic connectivity.

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