Google Street View in Doha

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Web users around the world will soon be able to take 360 degree street-level tours of Doha after it was announced that Google Street View is coming to Doha.

According to a statement on the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning website Government officials met with Anthony McLaughlin, Director of Google Street View for Europe and the Middle East to discuss cooperation in capturing images on Doha streets.
Street View was launched in May 2007 and is already available in more than 65 countries and on more than 7 million miles of road around the world. Google Street View imagery provides users with a rich, immersive browsing experience and allows users to explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip or other points of interest.

At the moment the only location in Doha to have been recorded for Google Street View is the interior of the Museum of Islamic Art. As part of a gallery tour of the world’s most significant art galleries Google took panoramic tours inside major exhibitions. Tour the Museum of Islamic Art and see almost 200 attractions an exhibits here.

The MMUP said it has signed an agreement with Google, which will negotiate terms with the ministry’s centre for geographic information systems.

No timeline has been provided for Google Street View images to appear online and negotiations over privacy and security are ongoing. But, if you see a Google car with a large camera attachment driving around Doha don’t forget to wave – you could end up online forever as part of the Doha Street View tour.

By Will Milner
Time Out Doha,

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