Proper mapping of MENA countries could generate billions of dollars: report

SourceGulf Business
CountryMiddle east

Countries across MENA could unlock billions of dollars in new revenue by improving their mapping services, according to a new report by the UK’s mapping agency Ordnance Survey (OS). Upgraded geospatial data would help nations in the region in fighting challenges such as population growth, climate change and dealing with pandemics according to the ‘See Your Nation’s Potential’ study by OS. As well as boosting GDP, the report claims improved geospatial data can help nations secure long-term food and water security, increase productivity and resource availability, predict and mitigate the effects of climate change, rebuild after disasters, as well as generate billions in returns from the establishment of secure land rights, and unlock the benefits of technologies like 5G, autonomous vehicles and smart cities. Read: Dubai Municipality launches e-system to provide access to the emirate’s geospatial maps OS is working with governments in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain to help improve their geospatial infrastructure and enabling them to realise economic, societal and more...