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The virtual land map launched by Land Department, Dubai

It is now possible for landowners or real estate brokers to locate their property in Dubai by double-clicking on a virtual map, courtesy Land Department.
This service, linked to the Department’s website www.dubailand.gov.ae, has been launched on the inauguration of GITEX 2002 on October 13.

The Land Information System was used internally for a few months to ensure its efficiency and that it was without any glitches. E. Senthil Kumaran, Project Manager, demonstrated how LIS merges a conventional map of the emirate with other data, such as distance, nearby monuments, and prices.

“This is an intelligent object combining graphics with database information,” he said, as he double-clicked on an area of the map, and showed how the screen zoomed into a Deira neighbourhood. “It gives you the special number allocated to any given parcel of land, it calculates the distance from here to there, and it can take you to the website of the plot owner.”

One unique aspect of the system is that it is superimposed on a world atlas. Users can zoom in, or zoom out, according to their own particular purposes.
“The information can be used by real estate brokers to estimate the price of a property, based on the last few sales in that area. They can double-click on the parcel and view an index of the last five transactions,” he said. “It also indicates whether the property is ‘free hold’ or ‘government grant’.”