Mohammed bin Rashid launches landmark project for virtual tour of the world's tallest building

Mohammed bin Rashid launches landmark project for virtual tour of the world's tallest building

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched a 360-degree street-view imagery project of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

The launch came as part of the "Street View Collections" project by Google, which aims to present global landmarks through its mapping applications which are accessible to more than 1 billion people around the world. The iconic Burj Khalifa will feature as a Vertical City, being the first skyscraper to be part of the project, according to a press release issued by the Government of Dubai Media Office.

Sheikh Mohammed praised the results of the project and the imagery collection that provides a stunning virtual tour of the Burj Khalifa to Internet users around the world, providing them with a real opportunity to visit this global landmark and experience the elegant details of the tower.

His Highness said, "Burj Khalifa is a landmark not only for the people of the UAE but for people from all over the world, and it is the right of everyone on this globe to get an opportunity to see and experience for themselves this global landmark. We do not look at Google as a commercial body but as a knowledge-based organisation that has played an active role in linking civilisations to people and cultures, and in the UAE, we highly value the importance of such a role." Google has used the latest imaging systems to present 360-degree images of Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world. The virtual tour of Burj Khalifa can be experienced by visiting Google site maps at This project is part of Google's ongoing efforts to design a digital mirror of the real world, as well as to provide Internet users with a realistic experience of the tallest building built by man. Burj Khalifa is the first skyscraper in the world which uses the new advanced technology within Google Maps and is also the highest point reached by the Trekkercamera, Google's back-pack mounted street-view camera which is used to map places where the normal Google cars cannot go.

Detailed pictures of Burj Khalifa were taken over three days and will cover Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, and The Dubai Fountain in addition to the entrances to the Burj and detailed pictures of the interior from the 43rd to 160th floors. Stunning external pictures were also taken from the 160th floor, providing an outstanding virtual experience.  – Emirates News Agency, WAM / Khalifa virtual tour


UAE among the world's best places to live, work and study, says paper

The UAE is country is among the world's best places to live, work and study. A flurry of news stories in the past few days reveals how the country's prosperity, stability and opportunity have combined to make the UAE one of the world's most attractive places, a local newspaper said yesterday.

Related Citing the "evidence: A survey by YouGov, covering the whole Middle East and North Africa region, found that fully 90 per cent of young adults like the idea of working in the UAE, The National in an editorial comment, said "no wonder. At a time when economies all over the world are stagnating or shrinking, and when the region has its economic problems, the UAE's overall output rose by 7.7 per cent between 2011 and 2012, the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi announced recently." "Better still, that growth included a robust 9.6 per cent expansion in the non-oil portion of the economy. As we know, and as official planning reflects both at the national level and in individual emirates, building up elements of the economy beyond the oil and gas sector is essential. A diverse mixture of industries, supported by a sound education system, will obviously be vital to the country's long-term prosperity." According to the Abu Dhabi-based paper, growth of almost 10 per cent a year in the non-oil economy attracts plenty of attention. In another question on that YouGov poll, 80 per cent of respondents across the Mena region said they see the UAE as a desirable place to start a business.

On yet another question, the UAE trailed only the US, UK and Canada as the place where young people from the region would most like to attend university, the English language paper remarked.

"Surging consumer confidence and high sales have made the UAE the fifth most attractive retail destination among emerging markets." The paper said the reasons for the UAE's high rankings in public esteem are no mystery: wealth helps, of course, but beyond that, this country is an oasis of stability amid the troubles of the Arab Spring and the region's other conflicts. "It enjoys a relatively open business environment. We enjoy modern infrastructure, a booming economy, and a standard of living that attracts both professionals and labourers from around the world." It added that no human society is utopia, and there is plenty of work still to be done to improve life in the UAE further. "But Emiratis and expatriates alike are entitled to take some well-earned satisfaction in what we have accomplished together." – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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