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Google's Street View expands in UAE, adding Fujairah

Google Maps feature allows users to view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery of major streets across the emirate

Google's Street View expands in UAE, adding Fujairah
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Google has announced the arrival of Fujairah in Street View, a feature by Google Maps that allows users to view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery of major streets across the city.

Following Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Dubai, and Ajman, Fujairah is the fifth emirate to be featured on Street View, Google said in a statement. 

Street View was launched in May 2007 and is already available in more than 3,000 cities across 63 countries around the world.

Some of the main areas Street View users will be able to see in the city are the historic Fujairah Fort, a major historic landmark in the UAE as well as the city’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque. 

Ulf Spitzer, global lead for the Google Street View Program, said: “Millions of people around the world will now be able to see Fujairah on Google Street View in beautiful 360-degree imagery which highlights the city’s most exciting landmarks.

"Wherever we have launched Street View, we have seen a positive response, and we believe that people and businesses in the UAE and across the world can benefit on many levels from having this imagery available.”

Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, director general of Fujairah Municipality added: "With the enablement of Google Street View for Fujairah, the citizens and visitors will be able to have a new way of experiencing sightseeing  and doing business in the emirate of Fujairah.

"Google Street view will be an added channel to improve the user experience and facilities in sectors like rentals, real estate, construction, travel and tourism, and other investment opportunities. 

"I feel great joy in having the emirate of Fujairah on Google Street view and thank Google for documenting the scenic natural beauty of the emirate, which is also known as the ‘Bride of the Emirates'."

Street View imagery is gathered by a vehicle equipped with advanced imaging technology - a camera mounted on the roof of a car that collects imagery and location data. After collection, the imagery is stitched together to create the 360° panoramic images that allows you to move around and explore locations as if you were there. To protect the privacy of residents in Fujairah, all faces and plate numbers are blurred before the imagery goes live.

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