Dubai Municipality has launched
an e-guide for Dubai, which allows Internet users to locate places
in the emirate through an Internet browser.
The launch of the new service,
which is available at www.gis.gov.ae, comes as part of
the e-government programme of the civic body.
Qassim Sultan, Director-General
of Dubai Municipality, called the new e-venture a revolution in
the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) sector s the service
could be availed by all the local departments, government establishments,
general public and tourists from any part of the world.
"This will help streamline
procedures of a number of government departments with respect
to the GIS," Mr. Sultan said, while addressing a Press Conference
organized to announce the launch of the e-guide.
The Press Conference was also attended
by Hussein Nasser Lootah, Assistant Director-General of the Municipality
for Environment and Public Health Affairs and Head of the e-government
committee at the civic body, and Mohammed Al Zafin, Director of
the GIS Centre, Dubai e-guide is the first official site for locating
activities, facilities and services in the emirate of Dubai including
landmarks and historical sites.
It is of great help in locating
government facilities and utilities with information including
addresses and images of major landmarks. Locating places can be
done in three ways: Guided Search (by selecting the name of the
place), Address Search (by keying in the building number and road
number or name in addition to community number or name) and Map
Search (by defining an area and then searching within the specified
The Dubai e-guide can also be used
for printing maps and measuring distance between places. There
is a zoom in and zoom out facility on the site for the maps.
The civic body has made available
a feedback form for suggestions for improvements to the facility.
Officials said, an Arabic interface will be soon provided in addition
to information on the locations of construction sites, traffic
information, routing and shortest path for traveling to a particular
place, public transport information and general information about
business establishments in Dubai emirate.
A number of hyperlinks have been
made to make it a comprehensive e-guide. The Dubai e-guide team
was headed by Manal Al Shamlan, Head of GIS Development Unit,
and consisted of Chris Luken (Photography Specialist), Abdul Muneem
Mustafa (GIS Data Administrator), Hanan Bajash (GIS Web Developer),
Adeeb AlMadanee (GIS Engineer), Elizier Nelson (GIS Data Technician),
Mohammed Mustafa (GID field engineer) and Parappa Totagi (GIS
The GIS Centre was established
in January 2001.
The purpose of the GID Centre is
to serve all departments inside Dubai Municipality as well as
other government organizations and public organizations with GIS
The main functions of the GIS Centre
are to provide and maintain data for the GIS for the different
departments of the Dubai Municipality and the emirate of Dubai.