Drones being used to map out Dubai real estate

Dubai Municipality launches aerial survey service

DUBAIĀ 21 July 2017: Dubai Municipality has launched a new aerial survey service using drone technology to provide real estate companies, consultants, and contractors with detailed data of rectified orthophotos and topographic maps.

These maps have with up to 200 times better clarity than the maps by conventional surveys, contour maps, and 3D points for large-scale projects with vast spaces and rocky geographies, all of them using 88 per cent less time than the traditional surveys, said Wam.

Dawood Al Hajiri, Assistant Director-General of Dubai Municipality for Engineering and Planning Sector, Mohammed Mubarak Al Mutaiwei, Assistant Director-General of Communications and Community Sector, directors of different departments and other senior officials of the municipality were present at the launch.

Al Hajiri said that the new service reiterates the municipality’s role in implementing the concept of Happy Dubai. “It will definitely enhance the satisfaction of customers about the services provided by Dubai Municipality to various groups of society,” he said.

Al Hajiri added that Dubai has been able to raise its position and enhance its infrastructure, thanks to the vision of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The Survey Department also unveiled the design of a smart app “Kharetati” (My map), which will reduce the time and effort of developers, contractors, construction consultants, land owners, government and semi-governmental institutions. The app enables mobile customers to request access to land maps without having to attend the buildings of Dubai Municipality.

The app saves 75 percent of the transaction time, decreasing the number of complaints from 24 in 2016 to 2 during the first half of 2017. Improvements made in the Smart App have helped in reducing 67 percent of time required to complete the transaction, 79 percent in the number of required documents, and 75 per cent in the number of mandatory fields.

By Angel Chan