His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him”, issued a federal decree appointing His Excellency Engineer Hamid Khamis Saif Al Kaabi as Director General of the Federal Center for Geographical Information.
Engineer Hamed Al Kaabi held many positions during his career, as he has experience extending to about 18 years in geospatial technologies, mapping, surveying, GIS and remote sensing, in addition to his experience in the administrative and technical field of geospatial projects and the field of geospatial data within the country. As Head of the Geographic Information Systems Department, Director of the National Topographic Database Project, and Head of the Military Survey in the Armed Forces.
Al Kaabi also participated as a member of the main committee and the technical committee of the Terex project within an international cooperation group that includes the UAE, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and other countries in the field of geographic information. He is also a member of the Arab Committee of United Nations experts for geospatial information management as the representative member of the UAE In the committee, which includes 14 Arab countries, Al Kaabi represented the UAE in a number of events, activities and conferences related to geographical information inside and outside the country, in addition to representing the country in the Cooperation Council Committee for Geographical and Survey Works, and contributing to strategic agreements for the exchange of geographical information with several countries.
Engineer Hamed holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Science in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Surveying and Cartography from the University of East London.
It is noteworthy that the Federal Center for Geographical Information was established in 2019 to supervise the management and organization of the spatial data sector at the federal level. Vital geographic information, in cooperation with the various concerned authorities in the country.
The center aims to organize and develop the spatial data sector in a way that contributes to achieving sustainable development goals, in addition to building and developing the spatial data infrastructure system, including developing the national spatial data archive system at the federal level, as well as raising the level of awareness and spatial knowledge of all segments of society. The center seeks to coordinate efforts, procedures and policies related to geographical information, and work to standardize standards, standards, specifications and procedures in the country.
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