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Abu Dhabi set to carry out GIS-based census

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD) with more than 6,000 enumerators is all set to carry out the national census in the emirate for 2011, Zawya reported. The census was scheduled for 2010 but was delayed due to unexpected demographic change.

According to the SCAD, the project will use a full range of advanced systems and will contribute to the production of better statistical output within a short period of time, using state-of-the-art devices for the collection of spatial data, aided with GIS maps, enabling the communication of directions to field staff in a timely manner, before the end of the field work, which is followed by auditing and quality control processes.

According to the centre, several training sessions have been organised for the census that will start on October 1 and conclude on October 6.

In 1975, when the first count began, the UAE population was merely 557,887. According to various surveys and studies including that of the National Bureau of Statistics responsible for carrying out the nationwide census, the current population of the UAE as of April 2011 was about 8.3 million with over seven million expatriates. The studies also show a continuous increase in the population with huge influx of overseas manpower and foreign investors making the UAE their home. Since 2005, the country has seen an increase of over three million people.

The project will use the world’s latest technology and will seek to automate all procedures used for collection of data on buildings, households, establishments, hospitals, hotels and other necessary areas.

Source: Zawya