Dubai Land Department launches AR app

Mashrooi app will track real estate project progress, allow users to compare construction against developer renderings

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Dubai Land Department launches AR app The Mashrooi app provides up to date information on all buildings under development, says Bin Mejren.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 11, 2017

Dubai Land Department (DLD) has launched a new interactive application for investors and developers at the Cityscape Global expo.

The application, called ‘Mashrooi', allows users to search for any project under development and track construction progress. Real estate developers are also able to to showcase upcoming developments to potential investors via the application.

The app also includes an augmented reality feature, through which users can view construction progress compared to the artistic renderings of the completed building. Further enhancements to the application will include using advanced elements like the ability to order a ‘drone-inspection' of a project site that by using a GPS tracker will deliver real-time video footage and graphics.

The multi-platform app was developed in partnership with Emaar Properties Group, to drive transparency in the real estate sector for both developers and investors.

HE Sultan Butti Bin Mejren Director General, Dubai Land Department, commented: "HRH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's recently launched Smart Cities and Open Data initiatives aim to make Dubai one of the ‘smartest' cities in the world, providing residents and visitors the highest levels of technology, transparency and accuracy of information in the world.

"In line with this vision, we have developed Mashrooi, which is the first government funded application of its kind anywhere in the world. This application serves to provide up to date and accurate information on all buildings under development in the emirate, enabling investors, residents, schools, business owners and others to be able to make informed decisions about where to live, work or invest."

DLD said that it is developing a number of initiatives designed to foster collaboration and encourage open data across the property sector. One such initiative is a smart solution which will convert the backseat windows of a car into interactive screens, complete with augmented reality capability, so that while being driven through Dubai, passengers can get a sense of how the emirate's landscape will look in the future.

HE Majida Ali Rashid, Assistant Director General at Dubai Land Department, commented: "Mashrooi is a unique platform that combines state-of-the-art technology with robust data providing users with a much clearer picture of what stage a project is at, even if the investor is on the other side of the world. This removes a great deal of uncertainty and builds a very strong bond of trust and transparency between investors and developers."

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