Dubai, UAE: “Can I get a copy of GIS Development magazine?” One of the visitors asked the lady at the counter of GIS Development.
“GIS Development magazine is now called Geospatial World.” The lady answered, handing him a copy of the magazine. The gentleman looked pleased with the revamp and moved on.
The visitor was one of the hundreds of people who thronged hotel Al Bustan Rotana to visit the Geospatial Expo 2010 which began in Dubai today.
From educational institutes to industry leaders, users to planners, the event witnessed participation from everyone involved with geospatial industry. “These exhibitions provide us a platform to explore new technologies, companies and forge new alliances,” said Nadia Salem Musallam, Director of Urban Planning Department, Ministry of Public Works. While there was a huge rush of people at their counter to understand how the ministry has successfully implemented several geospatial projects, industry experts like Esri Northeast Africa (Esri NeA) were busy explaining visitors about their new offerings. Then there were companies like Spatialnets Miami which are yet to foray in the Middle East market but decided to use the expo as their platform to understand the market and enter into alliances with other companies or educational institutes to create awareness about their technologies.
Meanwhile, the participation by companies like GeoImage, Geoscope and Sigma once again proved the fact that surveying and mapping industry is quite active in this region. “I came here to meet the people from survey industry. The event has served my purpose and I am happy with it,” said a visitor.
The day also witnessed workshops by leading organisations like SRC which was a huge hit among participants. Around 16 exhibitors are participating in the two-day event that is being organised by GIS Development. This is the first time that this expo is being organised in the city.
Source: Our Correspondent