Last night, Dubai 360 officially launched Dubai360.com, which is being referred to as the first of its kind online interactive tour. The website will allow viewers to explore every angle of the city from the comfort of their own home, providing a first-hand experience in the virtual world. Developed over 18 months, and utilising 1,298 pieces of panoramic video and photo content, Dubai 360 is the world largest and highest quality interactive city tour.
The virtual city tour uses fully interactive and immersive 360 degree panoramic photo, time-lapse and video content. The ground breaking technology enables access to exclusive views of the city. The content was filmed at the pinnacle of the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and site users will get a bird's eye view of the city with sweeping panoramas down Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai's coast. Viewers can also travel to the luxurious Royal Suite at the Burj Al Arab Hotel and experience its interior, including opulent rooms and stunning sea-view. The tour will also allow users to visit Dubai Mall's famous aquarium and swim amongst sea creatures, or go on a fast ride on Dubai's new metro.
"Dubai 360 is illustrative of what Dubai stands for. It started off as an idea and was brought to life through the passion of talented and committed individuals. The project showcases the very best of what Dubai has to offer and we will continue to use the platform to demonstrate the progress the city makes," said Ismaeil Al Hashmi, Project Manager for Dubai 360.
Leveraging the latest visual technology, the Dubai 360 project was created by professionals equipped with best-in-class medium format, DSLR and video cameras. From helicopters to rooftops, the making of Dubai 360 provided the team with unprecedented access to city landmarks. The Dubai 360 team also developed a custom interface for the website which enables viewers to interact with Dubai's landmarks providing a number of viewing options including rectilinear and ‘Little planet or fish eye' view. People can also share their favourite views with their friends through social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and email.
"With Dubai360.com, whether you live in Dubai or are planning a visit, you can discover something new in the city every day. From the cultural area of Bastakiya to luxury hotels and the Dubai International Airport, this project has something for everyone, making it an exciting way to explore Dubai," added Ismaeil Al Hashmi.