Report Traffic data is live in Dubai for Apple Maps

Published on April 26th, 2017 | by Yasser Masood


Traffic is lighting up on Apple Maps for the Middle East

Many iOS device users don’t have the privilege of using all of Apple Maps’ feature set, which are probably available elsewhere. That’s about to change, especially after what we’ve discovered when we opened the Maps app.

Upon flicking through the Apple Maps app, we discovered that we can now see traffic data for certain cities in the Middle East – specifically, for the major cities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. With a bit of exploration, we’ve managed to confirm the following cities that can utilize the new traffic data on Apple Maps:

  • United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, Al-Ain
  • Saudi Arabia: Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Medina/Madinah, Mecca/Makkah


Unfortunately, there’s no sign of traffic data for the major cities in Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, or Kuwait. Traffic support for Maps represents Apple’s first expansion into the Middle East beyond the basic street info, key landmarks, and points of interest. This may just be a silent launch before bringing in features from other markets.

However, turn-by-turn navigation is not supported but you never know when they’ll surprise us at a later date. Although availability hasn’t been officially listed on Apple’s website, this could be a gradual roll-out before a full-fledged announcement.

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