Dubai has stepped up its efforts to become the smartest city in the world by announcing a "first of its kind" satellite address system, expected to transform the way people navigate around the city.
As regional newspaper Gulf News reports, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, gave the Makani (My location) initiative his seal of approval, before the Dubai Municipality completed the inauguration process.
According to the municipality, Makani will allow users to reach their location within Dubai with greater precision via the app's 10-digit coordinate number, which will show the destination on the map.
So, if users want their friends to come and find them, they simply need to share with them the Makani code for their location, which is said to be accurate down to one metre.
It is also hoped that the system will cut the response time in emergencies, with Makani able to reduce arrival times of ambulances, taxis and delivery vehicles by 20% to 50%, the municipality said.
Shaikh Hamdan explained how the initiative is in keeping with the smart city directives laid out by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, last year.
Shaikh Hamdan stressed that the development of innovative solutions such as Makani is crucial in order to transform Dubai into the smartest city across the globe. He added that a qualitative change in engineering and identifying the best digital infrastructure are also vital components of any smart city model.
"Since the announcement of the initiative to transform Dubai into the smartest city across the globe, the world is watching the emirate to make its experience a standard measure," he said.