UAE’s first satellite atlas launched

by Staff Reporter | January 13th, 2013

The UAE’s first atlas based on satellite images from DubaiSat 1 has been launched by Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), as reported by Gulf News.

According to EIAST, the images in the atlas are more recent than those found on Google Earth and other websites

The atlas, reportedly built entirely by a team of Emirati cartographers, engineers and researchers, is the first of its kind in the UAE and uses most updated live images.

The 127-page compilation includes 70 high quality images of 2.5m resolution each, showing various areas of the country in great detail, while a graphic road map compares each image, giving additional information.

According to EIAST, the images in the atlas are more recent than those found on Google Earth and other websites.

Some of the most striking images in the atlas, according to the report, are of the Ferrari World, Saadiyat Island, Palm Islands and Al Maktoum International Airport.

The atlas, which is in Arabic, covers 83,600 square kilometres, and will be out in the market next month.

An English version of the atlas is also in the pipeline, which will be complete with updated images and additional details.

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