UAE’s first satellite atlas launched: http://bit.ly/Vxcdep
By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
Published: Jan 13, 2013 8:11 PM
Dubai: The UAE’s first atlas based on satellite images from DubaiSat 1 has been launched by Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST).
The atlas, built entirely by a team of Emirati cartographers, engineers and researchers, is the first of its kind in the UAE and uses most updated live images.
From the skyscrapers of Dubai to the emptiest expanse of Rub Al Khali, the atlas covers the entire country and gives a bird’s eye view of every corner of the UAE.
“Our idea is to let people see the recourses we have and to give them a different view about the UAE and in the long run we feel this atlas could be used in schools and universities,” said Khalid Al Suwaidi, assistant researcher at EIAST and a member of the team that compiled the atlas.
The 127 page compilation includes 70 high quality images of 2.5m resolution each, showing various areas of the country in great detail, while a graphic road map compares each image, giving additional information.
“We have chosen the best and most recent pictures out of the archive of 9,000 images that we have, so that people can see the recent developments of the country,” said Ammar Al Muhair, who is the leader of the that worked on the project.
According to EIAST, the images in the atlas are more recent than those found on Google Earth and other websites.
Some of the most striking images in the atlas are of the Ferrari World, Saadiyat Island, Palm Islands and Al Maktoum International Airport.
The task, which took eight months to complete, beginning from April 2012, wasn’t as easy as selecting pictures and printing them.
“We had people from different departments working together. First of all we had to look for images that didn’t have any errors or clouds in them, then we needed to make sure the image is recent and then we processed it. We did this for all 70 pictures one by one and the task wasn’t as easy as it sounds,” said Obaid Al Shehi, another assistant researcher and member of the team.
On a number of occasions more than one image had to be merged together to get the best product out, each covering a distance of 20 square kilometres.
The atlas, which is in Arabic, covers 83,600 square kilometres, and will be out in the market next month.
Jawahir Jassim Al Mansoori, a graphic designer who worked on the atlas page by page since the beginning said: “It was a very hard beginning, especially that I was working alone on such a huge project. But I accepted this as a challenge and I received great support from my colleagues. Since I was the graphic designer, I had put different ideas of how the atlas was going to look like before putting all my ideas in order and started designing the cover which symbolises DubaiSat-1’s position up in space providing the country with all these satellite images. I feel extremely proud of this project which I dedicate entirely to our UAE leadership.”
An English version of the atlas is also in the pipeline, which will be complete with updated images and additional details.
Eida receives certificate of record
13 Dec 2012
The Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) has officially received from the World Record Academy a certificate proving its possession of the world’s largest database of civil integrated biometrics within the UAE population register system.
During an official ceremony held in the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, a representative of the World Record Academy announced that the Emirates ID succeeded in gaining international recognition and achieving a record figure, the first of its kind in the world, with a total of over 103 million decimal and rolled fingerprints, prints of the palm and hand side in addition to over 15 million facial prints and digital signatures until mid of October 11.
Dr Ali Mohammed Al Khouri, Director-General of the Eida, presented this accomplishment achieved by the UAE to the prudent leadership under the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Al Khouri affirmed that this achievement of strategic dimensions to the UAE would not have been made possible without the support of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Shaikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Emirates Identity Authority, and without the close follow-up of Lieutenant-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Deputy Chairman of the Emirates Identity Authority.
The ceremony was attended by the directors of sectors, departmental directors and directors of organizational units at the Emirates ID. — KhaleejTimes.com
UAE explorer breaks snow-kiting world record
- Friday, 12 November 2010 12:27 PM
GLOBAL WARMING: Dubai based adventurer Adrian Hayes hoped his trip would raise awareness surrounding global warming (Supplied)
A UAE based explorer and adventurer has broken his second world record after completing the longest unsupported snow-kiting expedition across Greenland.
Adrian Hayes, who also holds the Guinness World Record for reaching the earth’s three poles in the shortest amount of time, took 67 days to walk 4262kms from the northern tip of Greenland to the north-west along with teammates Devon McDiarmid and Derek Crowe.
It was the first time the route had ever been completed.
The former British army Gurkha officer said: “Our expedition the length of Greenland was one of the most strategically challenging and difficult I have accomplished and, whilst I don’t do this for records sake, I’m delighted it has been recognised by Guinness, a nice recognition for a great team effort.”
Hayes, who used kites and skis to complete the distance, hoped his trip would raise awareness surrounding global warming. He said: “Part of the motivation behind the expedition was not to break records, but to draw the world’s attention to the issue of economic, social and environmental sustainability.”
He also added: “Climate change is just one adverse effect of living beyond our means and I used this journey as the most visible example that limitless exponential growth in a finite world will become impossible” says the ambassador for several sustainability bodies.”
The expedition saw the trio encounter extreme conditions including wading through glacial melt water, falling through crevasses, battling fierce storms and braving temperatures as low as -30C.
UAE explorer sets Arctic Guinness world record
UAE-based British explorer, Adrian Hayes, gains his second world record for 2009 Arctic expedition
Adrian Hayes at the finish of his Greenland quest last year (FILE)
The UAE’s world record-breaking polar explorer and adventurer Adrian Hayes has set a further world record for his unsupported journey across Greenland. The 2009 Emirates NBD Greenland Quest has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the “longest Arctic unsupported snow-kiting expedition” in history.
World’s tallest residential tower set to welcome occupants soon
The Torch in Dubai Marina overtakes Q1 Tower in Australia
At 348 metres, The Torch in Dubai Marina has won formal recognition as the world’s tallest residential tower. Dubai has got strong representation in the Emporis Standards Committee’s list of the world’s tallest residential towers.