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Google launches 360-degree images of Dubai landmarks

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To celebrate the UAE’s 45th National Day, Google are marking the occasion by launching a 360-degree view of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. People all over the world will be able to view 40 Dubai landmarks via a digital tour on Google Maps.

The images in Street View Special Collects can now be seen by Google Maps’ one billion daily users. Landmarks include Dubai Creek, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Dubai International Airport, Deira Clock Tower and many others.

Ulf Spitzer, Global Lead for the Google Street View Programme, stated: “Google Maps’ one billion users around the world will now be able to get to know Dubai a little better with this versatile set of landmarks now available online for the world to explore. We are excited about this wave of Special Collects, especially now as people all over the country prepare to mark the UAE’s 45th National Day.”

In order to capture these impressive images, people were equipped with the Street View camera (normally strapped to the back of a car) and had to walk around the landmarks, stopping every few metres. Once enough images are captured they are stitched together to create a 360 degree image.

The first Google Special Collect in the UAE was the Burj Khalifa, which was released in 2013. The latest collection of UAE landmarks comes as Google photographs a range of landmarks across the Middle East and Africa. You can also check out Petra in Jordan and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

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