The importance of the study and provision of a comprehensive database on buildings and housing units in the emirate of Dubai is that it is one of the cornerstones of a comprehensive development plan. Roads, transportation, communications, schools, healthcare centers, hospitals and other basic services are all built on accurate statistical information on population and housing units.
The study and identification of the status of construction in any geographical area provides a clear picture of the extent of urban development in that area and a comprehensive indication of the general direction of that development. The emirate of Dubai is considered as one of those cities which experienced a dramatic increase in the number of buildings and housing units. This dramatic increase must be highlighted and made available to planers, policy makers, and decision makers to identify the huge pressures exerted by the main basic services (water, electricity, sanitation services, etc…) on one hand, and to identify the extent of the contribution of this sector in terms of income and estimated values in the Gross Domestic Product of the emirate on the other.