Views of the streets and buildings of Dubai are to be added to Google’s online mapping service.
It will be the first Arab city to be available on Street View, a feature that offers “360-degree, panoramic, and street-level imagery” of a city.
It is available in the company’s Google Maps and Google Earth app and images from 48 countries are currently available.
The pictures are taken by cars equipped with camera that record their surroundings as they drive down the street.
The images will be available in the coming weeks said Maha Abouelenein, of Google’s regional communications department.
Google said it plans to extend the service farther across the country following the Dubai roll-out, with discussions under way with representatives from other emirates including Abu Dhabi and Ajman.
“We’re trying to get as many sites from the Middle East up online, as it shows the culture of the region and it shows people what’s happening here,” said Abouelenein.
Street View images of Burj Khalifa and Sheikh Zayed Mosque are already available through Google.