Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 10:27 AM
What does it feel like to stand on top of the tallest building in the world? Or to visit virtually one of the the world’s most historic sites? We took Street View to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Spain’s Alhambra, our first-ever collection in the Arab World. Described as a “vertical city,” the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest manmade structure, towering over the Dubai skyline at 828 meters (2,716.5 ft).
This is the first time we’ve captured a skyscraper on Street View—making Google Maps even more comprehensive and useful for you. The imagery was collected over three days using the Street View Trekker and Trolley, capturing high-resolution 360-degree panoramic imagery of several indoor and outdoor locations of the building.
Visit the highest occupied floor in the world on the 163rd floor, experience being in the fastest-moving elevators in the world (at 22 mph) and check out the highest swimming pool in the world on the 76th floor. In addition to the breathtaking views from the world’s tallest observation deck on the 124th floor, you can also see what it feels like to hang off one of the building’s maintenance units on the 80th floor, normally used for cleaning windows!
Explore more at the Burj Khalifa Street View collection.
The Arab world long has produced awe-inspiring monuments. La Alhambra, a World Heritage Site since 1984, is one of them. We recently brought the Google Trekker into Spain to start taking pictures in Granada. Pictures will be published in coming months. The trekker is a backpack of about 15 kg which has a camera system based on Android with 15 lenses and it’s specially used for reaching inaccessible places or those ones which are protected.
Even if you’re afraid of heights, or bored by most palaces, we hope you enjoy the view from the top or Dubai and the beauty of the Alhambra!