Dubai 360 goes nocturnal now allows visitors to the website to check out certain locations in the city through nighttime goggles

Knowledge story, The Knowledge
Knowledge story, The Knowledge

If you haven’t visited the Dubai 360 website by now then we’d be super surprised.

We all accidentally spent a few hours having a gander around our favourite city via their amazing online technology when we probably should have been zooming through our to-do list – and now we have more reason to procrastinate.

You can now take a tour of the emirate’s prime locations as it would look after-dark.

The fresh update also offers clickable hotspots as they show off the gorgeous views of twinkling lights in the famous skyline and surroundings.

To achieve the stunning look, Dubai360 shot pictures over a time space of 30 nights and now lucky residents and potential visitors are able to see the outcome in incredible panorama photos.

So what cool updates will you find online? Browse through for Box Park, City Walk, Wafi Center Courtyard, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Raffles Rooftop Garden, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Road by night.

‘Dubai truly comes alive at night with a stunning skyline that renders a completely different appeal once the sun goes down,’ Ismaeil Al Hashmi, Project Director for Dubai 360 said about the update. ‘The Dubai 360 team have worked tirelessly to capture these gems of panoramas which we hope will showcase Dubai with its ambitious skyscrapers lighting up the skyline. This update features over 140 panoramas taking the total number of images on Dubai 360 to over 2,200.’

The website launched in January and represents a new era in moving image online. In recent months they introduced 8K resolution to their videos.

'When viewing 360 degree video, the available resolution is spread across the entire sphere, regardless of the field of view that the viewer is looking at. This means that for a typical field of view of 90 degrees, even with 4K resolution, there are only 1000 pixels available,' Hashmi said.

'With 8K 360 video, that resolution is doubled to 2000 pixels - equivalent to what you see when viewing regular full HD video, and you're only looking at a quarter of the field of view.’

Dubai360 has over 2000 pieces of integrated panoramic content linked by nearly 20,000 hotspots. This includes giving viewers a tour of the planet’s largest shopping centre, the Dubai Mall, more than 150 aerial panoramas (shot from a helicopter), plus a tour of cultural and heritage sites in Old Dubai.

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