Dubai launches world’s largest interactive virtual city tour

Dubai now boasts the world’s largest interactive virtual city tour thanks to the launch of project Dubai360. Dubai

With the official website Dubai360.com now live, visitors can explore the city from all angles thanks to an 18 month development using 1,298 pieces of panoramic video and photo content.

The creators of the site claim it is the “world’s largest interactive city tour”.

“Dubai 360 is illustrative of what Dubai stands for,” asserted Ismaeil Al Hashmi, project manager for Dubai360.

“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.”

A total of 500,000 individual photographs were needed to create the still and time-lapse panoramas and over 8 terapixels (8,000,000 megapixels) of imagery were required not including the videos.

The Dubai360 team said it developed a custom interface for the website that enables viewers to interact with Dubai’s landmarks providing a number of viewing options including “rectilinear”, “Little Planet” or “fish eye” views.

Users can share their favourite views with their friends through such social media channels as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and over email.

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