Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS)



First Advisor

Dr. Mohamed Yagoub

Second Advisor

Dr. AbdelAzim Elniweiri

Third Advisor

Dr. Nazmi Saleous


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become an indispensable tool in many fields of study and research. GIS is useful for choosing sites, targeting market segments, planning infrastructure facilities and responding to emergencies. GIS is internationally used for the educational sector in different aspects such as planning schools allocation and managing educational resources. This thesis investigated the spatial distribution of schools in Abu Dhabi with respect to population density and service areas, generated prospective locations for constructing new schools based on the current and future demand using multi-criteria decision rules, developed a road network system that helps in finding shortest and best routes between schools and houses of students and Teachers and developed a user friendly-Interactive GIS based School Finder Tool. In the course of this research a comprehensive GIS database was also developed for all the 71 schools of the Abu Dhabi Island. Entire GIS analysis and tools development were executed using ESRI's ArcGIS 9.2 software. In addition this research has given good insight into the role of geographic information systems (GIS) in the school's education program, planning and Management as teachers may also have opportunities to learn about GIS and apply it to their instruction. The thesis observed that the GIS activities at Abu Dhabi schools are small scale, however GIS industry initiatives, UAE government and higher education institutions outreach, and emerging national standards are signaling an increasing adoption of GIS activities by the schools and there is also a need for specific GIS software designed for teaching and educational purposes.