UAE: The Government of Abu Dhabi announced its participation in ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) in San Diego, California. On the other hand, according to the ESRI blog, Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, secretary-general executive council, Abu Dhabi, on behalf of the Govt of Abu Dhabi has received “Making a Difference Award” by Jack Dangermond, ESRI President.
Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre undertook the responsibility for managing the preparation and coordination of the contributions made by governmental bodies at all Conference levels, which is considered the most important international event in the field of geographic information systems and an opportunity to meet thousands of elite decision-makers and businessmen, where visitors are keen to attend the numerous activities, technical workshops, interactive sessions, training sessions, maps exhibition and the other various events to acknowledge the state-of-art technology in the industry.
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been selected by the Conference to be the featured guest of the year, and for the participation in project (19.20.21), which idea is based on (19 cities in the world, with a population of 20 million people in the 21st century); in an initiative to collect and analyse the impact of population growth on urban and economic planning. The project is still in launch phase. In spite of the fact that the population of the Emirate is less than 20 million people, yet because of the progress achieved in the sector of geographic information systems, adopted them in decision-making process, the cities of Abu Dhabi and New York City / Manhattan were selected to compare the performance indicators in both cities, benefitting from the impact of population growth on their urban development.