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Dubai becomes first Arab city on Google Street View

Announcement comes after several sightings of Google Street View car

Dubai becomes first Arab city on Google Street View
Google's Mouad advised beginning a virtual tour of Dubai with Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai has become the first Arab city to feature on Google Street View, the search giant announced with a blog post yesterday.

Google Street View provides a point-of-view perspective of a city’s streets – users can view stitched-together images of roads, allowing them to virtually experience the city through their browsers. The images are acquired by a 360-degree camera, mounted on a car that drives around the city.

The famous Google Street View car has been spotted a number of times in Dubai over recent months, meaning that yesterday’s announcement was largely expected.

“Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower, largest mall and the planet’s only seven-star hotel. With all these modern wonders, it’s no surprise that Dubai hosted 10 million global visitors last year—and aims to hit a record-breaking 20 million visitors in 2020,” wrote Mohamad Mourad, regional director for Google MENA, on the blog post.

“Starting today, it can add virtual visitors to that list, as Dubai becomes the first city in an Arab country to be added to Street View in Google Maps.

Mourad went on to provide suggestions for the best parts of Dubai to experience through Google Street View. He advised starting on Sheikh Zayed Road, which provides views of some of the best-known skyscrapers in the emirate, as well as the driverless metro system.

He then suggested heading down Financial Road, past Dubai Mall and Downtown Dubai, before taking in elements of old-Dubai in Deira. Mourad’s last suggested stop was the Dubai Creek – through Street View, he said that it would be possible to view merchant dhows docked and bustling bazaars.

“It’s hard to believe that a city not much larger than 4,000 square kilometres has become such a hub of modern culture with more than 200 nationalities mingling daily, as well as a centre for trade and tourism in just four short decades,” he said.

“We hope that you’ll be inspired to explore its wonders in person, but until then, they’re just a click away.”

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