It is very problematic finding a specific address in Dubai as Dubai does not have a traditional addressing system. In an effort to improve the navigation through the residential areas, Dubai Municipality has launched a new navigation app: Makani Dubai. Every residents of Dubai have been handed out their “Makani number” in the last couple of weeks.What is Makani?
Makani means “my location” in Arabic. Under the Makani system, every building, house and public place in Dubai will have a unique number to help people identify their location and share it. The application is different from Google Maps as it uses the UAE National Grid for a more accurate navigation system around the city.How does it work?
Makani has a smartphone application available for iOS and Android devices.. It can also be used on tablets, desktops and laptops, as well as on GPS devices due to an auto-conversion feature.
The Makani number can be obtained through the application. All you need to do is to download the app or go to http://www.makani.ae/, insert your address in its traditional format, using area name, street number and villa or building number – it will then provide the ten digit number that can be used to search for specific directions.