Business | General

Virtual tour of Burj Khalifa for 1b viewers

Mohammad Bin Rashid launches landmark project for virtual tour of the world’s tallest building

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 16:01 June 24, 2013
  • Gulf News

A virtual tour of Burj Khalifa
  • Image Credit: Google.ae
  • A photo of a virtual tour of Burj Khalifa, as seen on www.google.ae/streetview

Dubai:  His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a 360-degree street view imagery project of 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.

Shaikh Mohammad praised the results of the project and the imagery collection that provide a stunning virtual tour of the Burj Khalifa to internet users around the world, providing them an opportunity to visit this global landmark and experience the details of the tower.

He 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 civilizations to people and cultures, and in the UAE, we highly value the importance of such role.”

Google 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: www.google.ae/streetview

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 that uses the new technology within Google Maps and the highest point reached by the Trekkercamera.

Detailed pictures of Burj Khalifa were taken over three days and will cover Downtown Dubai, the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard, and The Dubai Fountain in addition to the entrances to the Burj and detailed pictures for the  interior from the 43rd  to 160th floors. Stunning external pictures were also taken from the 160th floor.

Comments (1)

  1. Added 12:37 June 25, 2013

    When His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is known for trying to be No.1 in every good thing that he does, being personal or in the development of Dubai in particular or the nation as a whole, this new Google system would be an added feather to his already filled cap. His Highness I am very proud of you as a leader and Dubai is sure to touch all the high points in the world to be No.1 under your leadership and guidance. Your vision is no less to your father's and I see it practically in my 24 years of stay in the UAE. Every year some new project and new development takes place and you are always quick to adapt new technologies. May God be with you and your ruling family always for doing the best for Dubai and the nation as a whole. Thank you sir and my hearty congratulations.

    Ramani Rajan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Gulf News
Quick Access

  1. Markets

  2. Economy

  3. Property

  4. Aviation

Business Top Stories

  1. Industrial rents in Dubai climb

  2. Growth in France gets cut off at the 50 mark

  3. Coal offers no relief to energy-starved India

  4. India needs to revitalise its economy, US says

  5. UAE bank results point to strong asset quality