“The Middle East and Africa Utility User Group will become a valuable resource for the many Esri utility users in these regions,” said Atif Karrani, GIS director for Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, UAE. Karrani was elected president of the group. Majid Hussain Mohd, deputy senior manager from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, UAE, was elected vice president. “Our goal is to ensure that members build a strong community to provide consolidated feedback to Esri and its partners on solution offerings,” Mohd said. Utility companies managing electricity, gas, water, wastewater, storm water, and district heating networks in the Middle East and Africa are encouraged to join the group today by sending an e‑mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.