Marking 50 Years, United Arab Emirates Maps Growth and Quality of Life

The United Arab Emirates has grown remarkably in the last 50 years since it was founded in 1971, particularly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where most of the country’s population resides. Abu Dhabi has experienced the most dramatic urban growth of the seven emirates. It is now a modern city with gleaming office towers, a complex multimodal transport network, large-scale renewable energy, and an education system that ranks in the top 20 in the world.

The UAE is also notable for diversifying its economy over oil, which required careful planning and great discipline. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the country, the Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics (FCSC) of the UAE mapped the country and its people using geographic information system (GIS) Technology to quantify how far it’s come.

FCSC introduced GIS to streamline workflows and visualize the statistical indicators it collects for sectors such as health, education, environment, and business. GIS data feeds 1Map, which is not a map but the country’s mapping power, with a collection of map layers such as roads, facilities, and demographics of people. The information allows residents to see how the UAE is faring and each ministry to see its strengths and weaknesses so that investments can be made in the right places to improve the quality of life for of all residents.

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Source: Linda Peters 2022, Esri, accessed 22 September 2022, <Esri Blog>