In a major technological initiative, the Government of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, has decided to put in place an advanced GIS. The project intends to set up a computer data base system capable of capturing, storing and analyzing geospatial and other information relating to Ras Al Khaimah and intends to link various governments departments through a network.
Speaking at a meeting of heads of various government departments convened to discuss the implementation of the GIS, H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, said that the new initiative would help to make RAK more competitive. He added that the companies based in Ras Al Khaimah can also employ the system as a developmental tool.
Experts pointed out that the mapping exercise and data base created as part of the GIS project could be used to provide a variety of services like resource management, developmental planning and emergency response planning. It could also be used to deliver a whole lot of community services related to schools, hospitals and for the issuance of building permits, land registration etc, when the system is integrated to the government website.