25% of people worldwide rely on navigational tools

New research also claims people from UAE are the 'most disoriented in the world'

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  November 27, 2008

A revealing new navigation study by Nokia has bestowed UAE residents with the title of ‘most disoriented in the world’ after it was found that 97% got lost at some point on a journey and only 10% claimed to not use a navigational tool.

The results are based on the responses of 12,500 people from thirteen different countries in the world, including the UAE, as part of an intensive global navigational study.

25% of people worldwide rely on online and mobile navigation tools to find their way around and 13% admitted that their mobile phone was their primary navigation tool – a significant increase from a zero base just a few years ago.

“More people are becoming comfortable with using navigation tools on their phones and in their cars, and are seeing direct benefits from using these devices in their everyday lives,” says Mohamed El-Sheakh, business manager, Services and Software, Nokia MEA.

Germany is the country with the world’s best sense of direction, while people found it difficult to navigate their way around London, Paris, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Beijing – the top five ‘lost cities’ on the planet.

Closer to home, Dubai is the ‘most confusing city’ in the UAE with 24% of its residents admitting that they lose their way.

”With cities growing so rapidly and new roads and buildings being built all the time, people are relying more on mobile navigation tools that are always with them. The development of turn by turn pedestrian navigation is a technology that should be embraced, as it helps people reach their destination easily,” added El-Sheakh.

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