Abu Dhabi, UAE: After successful shows for four consecutive years in Dubai, the fifth edition of Map Middle East (MME2009) opened to an elegant ceremony in Abu Dhabi this morning.
Over 400 delegates attended the inauguration of the conference at Abu Dhabi National Convention Centre. With the motto of ‘Enabling G-lateral Ties’ and ‘[email protected]’ as the theme, the three-day conference provides an enabling platform for all geospatial stakeholders in the region. The conference aims to provide international connectivity and address the geospatial issues of the region.
Delivering the inaugural address, Dr Abdullah Hassan Ghareeb Al Bloushi, Executive Director at Department of Municipal Affairs, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, exhorted the importance of geospatial technologies in planning processes of infrastructure development and hoped that Map Middle East shows a success path to the region.
Stating the objectives of the event, Sanjay Kumar, CEO, GIS Development, informed the audience that the conference primarily targets the user groups that include AEC (architecture, engineering and construction), petroleum exploration and utilities. He thanked various government agencies of the region for their support to MME 2009. He gave an overview of the components of the conference and hoped that MME 2009 would create more awareness about various aspects of geospatial technologies in the region.
The guest speaker of the conference, Dr Yi So-yeon, first Asian woman astronaut from Korea Aerospace Research Institute, made an appeal to the audience to ‘pay back’ to our planet Earth. She said that she wishes to see the usage of space science for bringing peace in the world. She stressed upon the need for collaboration between nations in this regard.
Major General Khalifa Al Romaithi, Director General, Military Works, UAE Armed Forces, brought forth the issues besetting SDI initiatives in Middle East. He briefly delved into the aspects of policy framework, data standards, capacity building and partnerships vis-a-vis SDI.
Other speakers during the inaugural session included Ben Eazzetta, President, Rolta International, who briefly touched upon the convergence of technologies and Eng. Abdulaziz Abdulrahman Al-Hussaien, Mayor of Al Madinah Municipality, Al Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Vote of thanks was proposed by Col Khalid Dasmal, Military Survey Department.
Exhibition, part of MME 2009, was inaugurated by Dr Abdullah Hassan Ghareeb Al Bloushi. Spanning over an area of 3000 sq metres, the exhibition showcases products and services of all major geospatial firms in the Middle East region and also of several international players.