Kate-Lynne Wolmarans01 Feb 2018 AT 01:46 PM

Dubai has launched two multi-lingual audio guides

Getting around the city is about to get a lot easier
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans01 Feb 2018 AT 01:46 PM
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There’s nothing like discovering a new country. There is so much to learn and see. Be it food, culture, architecture and in some cases, the language.

And while it is always fun to go to country where everything is new to you, a lack of communication can really put a damper on your journey. There's nothing like asking for the nearest petrol station to then find yourself on a deserted mountain, praying that you make it over the steep incline.

In an attempt to help those who do not speak Arabic navigate through the city, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has launched two multi-lingual audio tour guides. The guides aim to help German, Chinese and English tourists discover the city’s many historical sites and iconic landmarks.

“Metro Moments” is available on Voice Map, which is free to download and available on both Android and iOS devices. The app uses real-life time and audio to help direct its users to their next location. The service currently covers all the locations and attractions found along Dubai Airport Terminal 3 and The Dubai Mall route of the Dubai Metro.

The “Al Fahidi Architecture Tour” is available on the Pocket Guide app. It acts as an electronic travel guide that aims to inform its users of the Al Fahidi District’s rich history.

Each tour comes in text form and is accompanied by a map to help with navigation. Goodie.

Speaking on the sure to be useful initiative, Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director, Tourism Development and Investments at Dubai Tourism said: “In accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, we are continually looking for ways to enhance the visitor experience in Dubai, ensuring it is a city that is accessible for all. The launch of these audio tours will help people from all over the world gain an enhanced understanding of Dubai and some of its most historically and culturally important sites.”

He added: “Moving forward, we are working to develop further applications and services that enable visitors to discover more of the city’s tourism highlights through smart, convenient and accessible platforms.”

We hope that when we finally make it to space, they have something similar to help us navigate our way around and communicate with them.

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