Google adds Umm Al Quwain to Street View

Google continues to expand Street View in the UAE, following Sharjah and Ajman addition

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Google adds Umm Al Quwain to Street View The areas in Umm Al Quwain on Street View will include Beach Garden, the Old Town area, the National Museum and the abandoned Soviet-era cargo plane, Ilyushin IL-76
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  April 10, 2016

Google has revealed it has expanded its Street View services in the UAE with the arrival of Umm Al Quwain, enabling users to view and navigate 360° street-level imagery of major streets across the emirate.

The main areas in Umm Al Quwain on Street View will include Beach Garden, the Old Town area, the National Museum and the abandoned Soviet-era cargo plane, Ilyushin IL-76.

Mohamad Mourad, regional director for Google in Middle East and North Africa, said: "Google Street View will allow millions of people from around the world to see Umm Al Quwain in a new way - to see and experience useful and beautiful 360-degree imagery of the city's most exciting sites and streets.

"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."

Images from Street View are collected by a Google vehicle equipped with advanced imaging technology using a camera mounted on the roof of the car, which collects imagery and location data. The data is then stitched together to form as 360° panoramic view where users can explore locations.

Obaid Sultan, general manager of Urban Planning in Umm Al Quwain, added: "This project with Google will enable the city's residents and visitors to browse through accurate panoramic imagery of Umm Al Quwain's streets, heritage sites, and tourist attractions."

However, to protect the privacy of residents, all faces and number plates will be blurred before the imagery goes live.

The first Street View Special Collect in the UAE was launched in 2013 for the Burj Khalifa, followed by the Sheik Zayad Grand Mosque and Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi. Last year, Google announced the arrival of Sharjah and Ajman to its service.

Google launched Street view in May 2007, and it is already available in more than 3000 cities across 63 countries around the world.

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