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Published on August 28th, 2015 | by Yasser Masood

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Google Street View coming to Qatar

If you’ve been longing to see the Google Street View in your city, Doha is looking to be the next place in the Middle East. Google and Qatar’s MMUP (Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning) have officially signed an MoU that would allow the tech giant to map out the streets of the city. Google would be working closely with the MMUP’s Center for Geographical Information Systems to negotiate the terms and obtain the necessary approvals before producing the panoramic images.

The iconic Museum of Islamic Art is easily viewable using Google Street View, and the technology giant looks to cover the whole country with the same technology.

Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar on Google Street View

Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar on Google Street View

Google embarked on their Street View activities in the UAE, including the Camel View in the Liwa Desert, Emirates A380, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and even the Burj Khalifa. This takes the total of two cities in the Middle East that will have Street View for global viewing.

There’s been no date yet on it’s roll-out in Qatar, but you’ll likely see it online on the Street View website before you know it. With the number of 4WD vehicles in Qatar, maybe Qatar’s MMUP may have incentivised using a Land Cruiser attached with Google’s equipment.

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