Google has launched a new series of Dubai’s iconic sites on Street View, a feature by Google Maps that allows users to view and navigate 360-degree imagery of major locations across the world.
As the United Arab Emirates gears to celebrate its 45th National Day on December 2, Google Maps’ one billion daily users can now explore some of Dubai’s world-renowned landmarks such as the city’s picturesque creek and the dhows which line its docks in crisp 360-imagery.
The imagery was launched within Street View Special Collects, a feature of Google Maps that lets users explore places around the world like landmarks, natural wonders, as well as culturally and historically significant sites.
The sites launched showcase Dubai’s versatile urban landscape, from the waterfront Souk at Madinat Jumeirah, to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
Earlier this year, Google announced the arrival of Fujairah in Street View, following Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Dubai, and Ajman.
Street View was launched in May 2007 and is already available in more than 3,000 cities across 63 countries around the world.
Street View imagery is gathered by a vehicle equipped with advanced imaging technology – a camera mounted on the roof of a car that collects imagery and location data. After collection, the imagery is stitched together to create the 360° panoramic images that allows you to move around and explore locations as if you were there. To protect the privacy of residents in Fujairah, all faces and plate numbers are blurred before the imagery goes live.