Dubai will be the first city in the Middle East with Google Street View
Expected to be live soon
On Wednesday Google announced that Dubai will be the first city in the Middle East to be featured on Street View, which provides a 360-degree, panoramic, street-level view of selected areas.
The Dubai version is expected to be live "in the coming weeks", said Maha Abouelenein, the head of Google's MENA communications. Google has also mentioned it may offer Street View inside the malls of Dubai.
The world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, was added to Google's online database last June, as well as imagery of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which was added in December.
"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.
The UAE is one of the top countries in the region with the highest internet usage, with almost 6 million out of the 9.2 million population, using the internet.
"The opportunities for growth in UAE are extraordinary, the internets of the consumers is extraordinary high, in terms of mobile, and in terms of YouTube, some of is one of the highest adoptions anywhere in the world. This is really encouraging," said Peter Barron, Google's communications head for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.