By Gavin Gibbon
Technology gives digital users a 360 degree, panoramic and street-level view of the main streets, attractions and towers in the city
Google has launched its Street View application in Dubai.
The technology gives digital users a 360 degree, panoramic and street-level view of the main streets, attractions and towers in the city.
Dubai is the first Arab city to have a complete Google Street View.
Mohamad Mourad, regional director for Google, Middle East and North Africa, said: “Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower, largest mall and the planet’s only seven-star hotel. With all these modern wonders, it’s no surprise that Dubai hosted 10mn global visitors last year—and aims to hit a record-breaking 20mn visitors in 2020.
“Starting today, it can add virtual visitors to that list, as Dubai becomes the first city in an Arab country to be added to Street View in Google Maps.”
Google cooperated with Dubai Municipality for the project, which took nine months to complete.
The technology can take viewers on a tour along the main Sheikh Zayed Road, past Dubai Mall and the imposing Burj Khalifa, through Deira and into the historic Dubai Creek area of the Emirate.
“It’s hard to believe that a city not much larger than 4,000km2 has become such a hub of modern culture with more than 200 nationalities mingling daily, as well as a centre for trade and tourism in just four short decades. We hope that you’ll be inspired to explore its wonders in person, but until then, they’re just a click away,” added Mourad.
Nearly 80% of the world’s population use Google maps and the Street View product, which is available in the vast majority of cities of developed countries.
Street View product was first launched in the United States in 2007.
Both Google and Dubai Municipality emphasised that the privacy of people was highly respected in the process. Also, Google has its own privacy guide lines that are applied worldwide. They included blurring cars’ number plates and people’s faces.
Great that street view is finally available in Dubai. This is something I've been looking forward to, in order to show friends a bit more about the city when they ask.
Though I have serious doubts that "Nearly 80% of the worldâ€™s population use Google maps and the Street View product" given how only roughly 40% of the global population have internet access, let alone if they also use Google's products.