GLA Between Esri and the Government of Oman

Redlands, California – May 1, 2019—Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced its Government Licensing Agreement (GLA) with the Government of Oman, in partnership with the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) in Oman.

This GLA is launched today during the first ever Omani NSDI Symposium, held under the auspices of H.E. Shaikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Shabibi – Minister of Housing in Oman. The event is widely attended by over 600 of Oman’s members of GeoSpatial Community.

Focusing on the “Role of GeoSpatial Information for Smart Governance”, the Symposium presents a unique opportunity for Oman NSDI stakeholders -from the government and non-government entities, private businesses, and academia – to learn about the latest technology trends and how GIS can support them in their businesses.

“This symposium is a showcase of Oman NSDI readiness to geo-enable the digital transformation vision in the Sultanate of Oman, with special focus on the new Unified Addressing System (UAS). It is also a wonderful opportunity to learn from the numerous Esri speakers, about how GIS continues to transform organizations around the world, for the benefit of our NSDI services and stakeholders,” declared H.E. Dr. Khalifa Al Barwani, CEO of NCSI in his welcome address.

The second day is entirely dedicated to geospatial technology advancements. Being the global market leader in GIS software, Esri is supporting the symposium through 12 experts who are addressing the audience and sharing the latest technology updates in the field of geospatial sciences. The speakers are focusing on ways to help various government sectors, especially Land Administration, Development of Smart Cities with Artificial Intelligence, Smart Transportation Planning, and Smart Utilities, to mention a few. The Symposium will end with a session focusing on GIS for Education, dedicated to academia.

According to Sohail ElAbd – General Manager of Esri Middle East and Africa, Esri is making history in Muscat by forging one of the largest government license agreement in the region. The Top-down adoption of Esri’s ArcGIS is taking place in about 60 government ministries and entities. Esri is very proud of this relationship and agreement, looking forward to seeing tangible results very soon.

Esri has been successfully operating in the Middle East & Africa region for more than 35 years. This GLA comes as a result of successful agreements previously forged with most of the governments in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), where the vast majority of government entities adopted Esri technology. Esri solutions allowed these entities to develop businesses, services and the decision-making process in various sectors, which helped in offering services and projects with high standards of quality and accuracy of geospatial data. The end result is integrated and comprehensive services, as well as enhanced business environment and increased customer satisfaction and happiness.


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