Muscat, Oman, October 22, 2007: National airline Oman Air is the official carrier of the tenth ‘ESRI Middle East and North Africa (Mena) Users Conference’ to be hosted by Khatib & Alami and Partners in Muscat.
The conference will be held under the patronage of Ahmed bin Abdulnabi Macki, minister of national economy and deputy chairman of the Financial Affairs and Energy Resources Council. Corporate Communications and Media Department of Oman Air said: “GIS is an important tool that helps shape the world around us. It is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analysing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information, noting that the deployment of such culture is a global demand for all states to abide by, and that the conference is a step in the right direction to bridge the digital divide.
Hassan bin Taleb Al Lawatia, country manager of Oman Air, stated that the airline sponsored the event for its significance, noting that this conference is the premier event for ESRI GIS users in Mena region, who gather to meet fellow users and share their experiences and challenges.
Giving significances for Oman Air’s participation in the event, Al Lawatia said that GIS is now a utility, which cannot be ignored. The government and private sectors are trying to make use of it, the world over. However, experiences in the region still do not meet users’ requirements, as many new concepts are still absent. “We believe that the annual ESRI conference for users in the Mena region acquires significance out of this fact,” he said.