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Dubai 360: the internet’s first virtual tour of a city

Dubai 360

Anyone keen to find out more about Dubai can now explore every corner of this Emirate’s major city, for example on the stand of Dubai at ITB Berlin. With its newly launched website the emirate has created the internet’s first virtual tour of a city. The starting point of the interactive tour is the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest building.
From here the user has a bird’s eye view of Dubai. Icons representing various categories (shopping, sports and entertainment as well as culture and museums) point out the city’s most important attractions. The images of these high-resolution panoramic views were photographed from the Burj Khalifa. Whenever the user clicks on one of Dubai 360’s icons another virtual tour begins, for example of the Dubai Mall or the Jumeirah Mosque. In addition to images of attractions and activities the user can also view videos, for example of a helicopter flight over the city, the maritime creatures in Dubai’s aquarium or of a cycling tour in the desert. The Dubai 360 project took 18 months to complete. Close to 1,300 videos and photographs of panoramic views were used. 500,000 individual photographs were taken, including from the city’s highest buildings and on helicopter flights. Users can choose between sharing their favourite views of the city via social media or sending them by e-mail to family and friends.

Photo: Dubai 360

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