When searching for locations that are far from well-known landmarks or street names in Qatar, residents sometimes find it difficult to get their bearings.
Over the past few years, Qatar’s Centre for Geographical Information System (CGIS) has been tackling this problem by installing number plates outside of commercial, residential and government properties.
These blue plates list the building, zone and street numbers and serve as public addresses to be used by emergency responders, delivery people and utility companies.
They can be used to navigate the country via an online service that helps residents locate places based on the information listed on the plates. CGIS is a division of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, which reminded residents of the service this week on Twitter:
لا تنس عنوانك؟#عنواني#MyAddresshttp://t.co/306JzOCMja #البلدية_قطر #قطر #Qatar pic.twitter.com/MB7IyTgYEP
— وزارة البلدية | Ministry Of Municipality (@albaladiya) April 24, 2014
Notably, all three data points – building number, zone number and street number must be inputted to map the location.
It appears that the Baladiya has upgraded its original interactive map to a faster, easier-to-use website, which can be found here.
Have you tried it? Thoughts?
i need an updated GPS sd card for my car which will make it far easier…where can i get the same…None of the car gps are updated
I’ve found google’s navigation app the most up to date, and it’s free
It’s installed along with google maps, at least that’s how it works on android phones, not sure about other operating systems. You can then either launch the app as a standalone or if you’re in maps looking someplace up you get the option to click navigate, which will launch the app. It’s pretty good and also has optional voice guidance. Keep in mind it requires a data connection so use it sparingly if you don’t have a decent data package
Great news. Well done.
I didn’t even know this existed, let alone be reminded of it. Reach out to Google and integrate the numbering scheme with Google Maps.
With respect to the government in house solution, I doubt it’ll ever be as popular or easy to use as GMaps.
I’d suggest making an app
Do Q post now deliver to residential addresses?
Oh, I thought the gentlemen in the picture above was a q post man looking at an address outside a villa with the parcel in his hand? Not Q post uniform the? Never mind.
If I had all the info required to use the system I would already know where the place is. What’s needed is for businesses to include this info on their website, emails, advertisements etc.
It was reported in other Qatar forums that an enhanced version of this tool is at http://myqplace.info which shows GPS coordinates and direct link to Google Maps.