Queen Rania Invites Tourists to Virtually Explore Jordan Wonders via Google Street View

November 24, 2015

(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department – Amman) - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah lends her support to Google as it launches its biggest Street View capture yet in the Arab world. Queen Rania narrated a video tour of Petra and wrote a blogpost for Google Blog in the occasion of the launch.

Google announced, today, the launch of 360-degree street view imagery of Petra and 30 other landmarks in Jordan for the first time.

Street View Special Collects is a feature of Google Maps that lets users explore places around the world like landmarks, natural wonders, as well as culturally and historically significant sites. Today, anyone with an internet connection can explore Rose-city of Petra, The Dead Sea, and the monuments of Jerash, Qasr Al Kharana, Mount Nebo and more.

Queen Rania, in a blog post about the launch, said that with Google Maps Street View, "people all over the world now have a window into our magical Kingdom in the heart of the Middle East.”
The Queen added that this technology also "…provides a lens on the past. And when we understand more about each other’s stories and cultures and histories, we realize that we are more alike than we are different. That’s why we must preserve these treasures for future generations. They’re a doorway to our shared narrative.”

The Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah worked closely with Google as Her Majesty’s was very pleased to lend her support to the global initiative. Her Majesty Queen Rania also helped in the selection of the sites at the initial stages of the project and provided an exclusive narration of the global launch video that was widely spread across the internet.

Ulf Spitzer, Global Head of the Google Street View Program, stated: “The Google Street View team tries to go to amazing places around the world because we know that our users love to see them and experience them online. Jordan is one of the most spectacular places that we have visited - thanks to the amazing support and warm hospitality that was extended. We hope our imagery conveys all the grace, beauty and deep heritage of the country.”

To create this imagery, Google used the Trekker which is a wearable Street View backpack with a camera system on top that is designed to go down footpaths, tracks and narrow pathways to get images of areas of natural beauty or tourist sites.

This is the fifth Street View imagery collected of a major landmark in MENA, after Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

Google Maps Street View began in 2007 and today covers thousands of cities in 72 countries. The program includes capturing 360 degree imagery of theme parks, university campuses, pedestrian malls, landmarks and zoos.

The imagery of the 30 historical sites and other sites is now available on Google Maps and can be viewed on g.co/Jordanhighlights and g.co/Petra.