Google today announced the arrival of Umm Al Quwain in Street View.
Some of the main areas Street View users will be able to see in Umm Al Quwain today are: the city’s Beach Garden, the Old Town Area, the Umm Al Quwain National Museum, and the abandoned Soviet-era cargo plane, Ilyushin IL-76.
Street View was launched in May 2007 and is already available in more than 3000 cities across 63 countries around the world. Google Street View imagery provides users with a rich, immersive browsing experience and allows users to explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, and navigate a trip or other points of interest.
So how is it done?
Street View imagery is gathered by a vehicle equipped with advanced imaging technology- a camera mounted on the roof of a car that collects imagery and location data. After collection, the imagery is stitched together to create the 360° panoramic images that allows you to move around and explore locations as if you were there. To protect the privacy of residents in Umm Al Quwain, all faces and plate numbers are blurred before the imagery goes live.
“Google Street View will allow millions of people from around the world to see Umm Al Quwain in a new way —-to see and experience useful and beautiful 360-degree imagery of the city’s most exciting sites and streets. Wherever we have launched Street View, we have seen a positive response, and we believe that people and businesses in the UAE and across the world can benefit on many levels from having this imagery available.”
Mohamad Mourad, Regional Director for Google in Middle East and North Africa
“This project with Google will enable the city’s residents and visitors to browse through accurate panoramic imagery of Umm Al Quwain’s streets, heritage sites, and tourist attractions.”
Obaid Sultan, General Manager of Urban Planning in Umm Al Quwain