The Dubai 3D mapping project

We recently came across this interesting article. It appears that the Dubai Municipality plans to create a 3D map of the whole emirate. It is intended primarily for government use, but it will also be made available to the general public. It will be captured using octocopter drones.

Dubai apparently has not allowed Google to take aerial photos of the city, let alone map it in 3D. We don’t know the reason for this, but it could be a desire to censor certain locations, as will be done in the Dubai 3D project. However, Google has censored 3D imagery in Greece, either by making the 3D imagery very blocky, as in the case of Cephalonia International Airport, or simply leaving out the location, as is the case with Mykonos Island National Airport. So is this likely to happen in other major cities around the world, where Google or other mapping companies are prevented from capturing imagery?

Dubai does have Street View, including inside the Burj Khalifa. It also has quite a number of 3D models from the Sketchup 3D Warehouse, again including the Burj Khalifa.

Burj Khalifa
View from the 154th floor of the Burj Dubai as seen in Street View.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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