Dubai opens its doors to the world
Dubai has become the first Arabian city to be mapped out on Google Street View.
It is hoped that the move will boost the number of travellers attracted to the city, which has become a rising star in world tourism.
Street View allows users to experience a panoramic, street-level view of the city where they can move around and see major streets and attractions in 3D.
Google launched a limited street-view service for Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa two years ago.
And many will have been impressed by the mighty skyscraper’s needle-like structure, rising 828 metres into the air to gain the title of the world’s tallest man-made structure.
As well as providing living and office space for many hundreds of people, the building is also open to visitors.
One of the main tourist attractions in the monumental tower is the 124th-floor viewing platform, which looks out over the whole city, the surrounding desert and the sun-kissed coastline, including the Palm Jumeirah archipelago.
Constructed artificially and holding the title of largest artificial island chain in the world, the Palm Jumeirah is a palm-shaped array of islands surrounded by a long breakwater.
The islands contain hotels and beach-side villas set along 520 kilometres of curving coastline with the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel looking over them.
The Grand Mosque and the Dubai museum complete the big four tourist attractions in Dubai.
Google shows Dubai’s streets to the world | iceplc.com |© Press Association 2014