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A single map app for UAE buildings

Finding your way around Dubai might be a challenge, but for some, the task can get overwhelmingly confusing when visiting unfamiliar emirates.

To simplify the process of giving directions to buildings, officials at Dubai Municipality are currently working on charting all buildings across the seven emirates.

“The aim is to have all buildings in the UAE installed with a plate, displaying the location’s 10-digit geo-coordinates,” according to Abdul Hakim Malek, director of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department at Dubai Municipality. He said the municipality’s smart mapping system ‘Makani’ has already been shared with Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah, “and the deal has just been finalised with Ras Al Khaimah.”

The Makani app is accurate up to one metre of the pin selected on the map, and can also be scanned by smartphones using the QR code reader apps — providing a digital copy of the number that can be quickly shared online.

More good news is in store for taxi users, as Malek also confirmed that the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai will integrate the Makani app into their GPS system.

“This means that customers can give their 10-digit coordinates to taxi drivers, and get to their destination without any hassle,” said Malek.

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