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April 2nd, 2009
Korea’s first Astronaut Dr. Yi So-yeon to address at Map Middle East

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GIS Development , the organiser of Map Middle East 2009, is pleased to announce that South Korea’ s first astronaut Dr. Yi So-yeon has agreed to attend and deliver a Special Address at Map Middle East 2009, the 5th Annual Middle East Conference & Exhibition on Geospatial Information, Technology and Applications. The upcoming conference – scheduled for April 26 – 28, 2009 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center –will address various issues related to the theme “Geospatial @Work”. At the conference will be highlighted the latest trends in the geospatial technology and the applications and utilit ies of geospatial information in different fields will also be showcased.

Sanj ay Kumar, the Chief Execut ive Officer of GISDevelopment said, “ It is a matter of pride for us to have an exalted personality like Dr. Yi So-yeon at the Map Middle East . Her presence would generate more interest in remote sensing and space science in this region. It will surely add value to the conference and the organisation, as it’s always been initiative of GIS Development to bring eminent personalities like Dr. So-yeon from diversified fields.”

This year’ s Map Middle East will include high-profile guest addresses and plenary speeches addressing the issues of importance and usage of geospat ial technology and the way it has improved the efficiency and effect iveness in terms of work processes and delivery outputs at various enterprise levels. The conference will have dedicated plenary sessions and day-long symposiums like design & engineering and Utilities & Transportation; seminars on Oil & Gas, SDI for City Management and Governance and Geospat ial Technology – Development & Trends.

State-of-the-art technologies and applicat ions will be showcased at the grand exhibit ion hall
covering an area of more than 3000-square-metres, which will be central to the conference.
The conference has gained the support of Rolta as the Plat inum Sponsor, Department of
Municipal Affairs as Partner, Cyclomedia and Sokkia as the Gold Sponsors. Emirates of Abu
Dhabi, Department of Municipal Affairs as Partner. CIO Bahrain, Ajman Municipality, MOMRA –
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dubai Municipality, Space Reconnaissance Cent re, UAE, Environment
Agency – Abu Dhabi, Center for GIS, Qatar, King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology
(KACST) and Military Survey Department as Government Partners, Atheeb Intergraph,
DigitalGlobe as Co- Sponsors and Business Communicat ion LLC as Lanyard Sponsor. It is also
getting support by Open Geospat ial Consort ium and United Emirates University as the
Knowledge Partner and is promoted by its media partner – Geo Connexion

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