Dubai is first Arab city to get Google Street View

Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, seen at centre, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010. 
You can now see some of the tallest buildings in the world on Google Street View.

Google has expanded the service to the city to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the company announced Monday. It marks the first time a city in an Arab country will be added to the feature.

“Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower, largest mall and the planet’s only seven-star hotel,” Mohamad Mourad, Google’s regional director for North Africa and the Middle East, wrote in a 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.”

Google tells us it began mapping the city earlier this year, but took a break in the summer to avoid the city’s infamous haze and ensure clear photos.

Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai as seen through Google Street View.

The Street View maps cover new places like Sheikh Zayed Road, the longest street in the United Arab Emirates and the enormous Dubai Mall as well historical sites like the Deira Spice Souk and Dubai Creek.

It’s not the first time Street View has been used anywhere in the country, however. Gogole previously mapped out parts of the Liwa Desert in the Emirates — by placing its Trekker camera on camels.

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