FIG President Stig Enemark attends Map Middle East 2008 Conference

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8-10 April 2008

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Dubai is city expanding both landward and toward to sea.

FIG President Stig Enemark attended the international congress and exhibition "Map Middle East 2008" in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8-10 April 2008.

The Congress was organized by GIS Development and included a range of plenary sessions on geospatial policies, technology, and best practice as well as a number regional sessions on municipal GIS. A major exhibition presented the latest geospatial technology developments with about 50 companies and organisations.

Opening speech was given by Dr. M. P. Narayaran, President of GIS Development, India. President Enemark gave his keynote presentation “Land Management and Spatial enabled Government” in the plenary session on Geospatial Policies.

Plenary sessions also included presentations from Prof. Harlan Onsrud, Executive Director, GSDI Association; Prof. Mike Jackson, Director, Centre for Geospatial Science Nottingham University, UK; and Dr. Derek Clarke, Chief Director Surveys and Mapping, Department of Land Affairs, South Africa.

The conference provided a unique opportunity for meeting with our member associations and partners in the Middle East Region. Conference information is available from

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Prof. Mike Jackson, Prof. Harlan Onsrud, Prof. Stig Enemark, and Dr. Derek Clarke.

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Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai.