Abu Dhabi, UAE: During GIS Career Forum in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Bayanat for Mapping & Surveying Services, a leading national provider of geospatial services in the UAE, reported that it has achieved 75 percent level of Emiratization. The company aims to further bridge the gap between Emiratis and expatriates involved in the GIS sector. Through a press statement, it explained that its efforts align with Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 development plan which includes Emiratization among its major goals. It also asserted that the local knowledge and inherent skills of UAE native people are essential to the local and regional growth of the GIS industry. Moreover, Bayanat added that GIS expertise is necessary to attain the UAE’s long-term development goals as it covers numerous significant disciplines including environmental science, commerce, defence and urban planning.
Bayanat’s highly successful internal Emiratization programme has helped it secure a leading position in the geospatial services sector and one of the highest Emiratization rates of any local organisation. Bayanat’s Emirati employees have individual career development plans that are annually reviewed and enhanced by the Human Resource Department. Some strategic positions and professional development opportunities are exclusively reserved for UAE native people to ensure that they continue to play a key role in the company’s future development.
“At Bayanat we believe that native people should be offered exceptional career development opportunities to meet the challenges of the UAE’s rapidly growing geospatial services field. The GIS Career Forum is an ideal platform for explaining to our youths the promising career opportunities that Bayanat can offer them. We look forward to touching base and interacting with promising talents who will grow to become distinctive GIS professionals in companies such as ours,” said Khaled Al Melhi, Chief Operating Officer, Bayanat for Mapping & Surveying Services.
Moreover, the company observed that global demand for geospatial services and GIS is reaching unprecedented levels due to the emergence of new technologies and the need for advanced tools to assess and protect national resources. The GIS market is expected to be worth USD 10.6 billion by 2015, with regions such as Asia, Latin America and the Middle East marked as potential high-growth markets.
In the Middle East, there is still a wide-ranging need for more awareness among native people on the career opportunities offered in the geospatial and GIS fields.