Google gives Street View treatment to Burj Khalifa

Virtual tour of Dubai’s towering monument now available on Google Maps

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Google gives Street View treatment to Burj Khalifa Emaar gave Google access-all-areas permission to capture the record-setting structure from a variety of perspectives. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 25, 2013

Internet colossus Google yesterday announced the completion of a 360-degree image capture project for Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which will become the first skyscraper to be featured in the company's Street View galleries.

The venture, conducted in partnership with Burj Khalifa developer Emaar Properties, also marks the first time the technology has been deployed in the Arab World.

Emaar gave Google access-all-areas permission to capture the record-setting structure from a variety of perspectives. The Internet company used its proprietary trekker technology, A spherical camera setup that can be worn as a knapsack or fitted to trolleys or cards for the purpose of photographically capturing every angle of an environment.

Google journeyed to zones of the Burj Khalifa not readily accessible to the general public, such as the building maintenance units that are used to clean the exterior, thus recording views that are normally seen by very few spectators. The tour also includes the front entrance, elevators, Sky Lobbies, corporate suites, and meeting rooms.

"Burj Khalifa is the pride of the United Arab Emirates, and a true icon that underlines the strength of global collaborations to create new benchmarks in engineering, architecture and urban planning," said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman, Emaar Properties.

"Setting the course for Google's Street View collections in the Arab world and being the first skyscraper to be featured is indeed a true honour."

Google's Street View capture of the Buj Khalifa can be viewed on www.google.ae/streetview.

1763 days ago
Vinod Mehra

This is win win for Dubai and Google; a gateway has been opened to such views. This is an ideal peg to highlight the Expo 2020 bid by Dubai

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