Google launches Street View Special Collection for world's tallest skyscraper
Google has launched a Street View Special Collection for the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. This is the first skyscraper to join the collection as well as the first time the Google technology has been deployed in the Arab world.
Google said that, in collaboration with Emaar Properties—the developer of the Burj Khalifa—the collection will be the first Middle East entry in the Street View collection.
Special Collection is a rare feature of Street View which captures cultural locations which people wouldn’t usually be able to see, such as underwater reefs, famous museums, and the White House. The Burj Khalifa has now been added to that list.
The trekker device used to capture the 360 images has never been used at such altitude, and Google capturers were even placed on suspended maintenance units (shown above) in order to capture external views from the very top of the building.
“We feel this is an excellent opportunity to put an architectural masterpiece in front of thousands of people every month,” said Tarek Abdalla, a Google marketing executive based in the Mid East. “We went to Emaar in October with a question of how we could bring this masterpiece to the world, and in the spirit of Dubai, we pushed the boundaries of technology.”
What you can see
The tour itself gives users 360-degree views of residential and commercial areas, the high-speed elevators, sky lobbies, corporate suites and meeting room facilities, as well as the observation deck.
“Burj Khalifa is the pride of the UAE, and a true icon that underlines the strength of global collaborations to create new benchmarks in engineering, architecture and urban planning,” said Mohamed Alabbar, dhairman of Emaar Properties, who wasn’t present at the event, but delivered his message via video from the Google offices in Paris.