All you need to know about Makani Dubai

What is Makani Dubai?

The Makani number is a distinctive 10 digit code locating a building. Whether it is a villa, high-rise, hospital, tower or office, every structure in Dubai has its number, and every number is distinctive. By using this number, a person can know the location of himself or of others within a square-meter precision. Makani is an application developed by the Dubai Municipality; its aim is to improve location finding in the emirate.
Emergency vehicles, delivery people, or individuals will never get lost in their attempt to finding a certain address as they will have the number. As Dubai does not have a traditional addressing system, location finding can be a difficult situation. Although streets are currently named in an effort to make locations more recognizable, the unique number will leave one in no doubt about the place to be found. Each building and every location, including government organizations, hospitals, parks, commercial buildings, houses, factories, and warehouses has its digital number. If a location has several entrances, then each entry is given a different coordinate. For example, when you search for Dubai Mall, the application will give you the boundaries of the mall and all the entrances. Each entrance has a different coordinate.

How can we use Makani Dubai?

The Makani system is considered as a part of the official addressing system in Dubai and will be used by all government organizations, police, ambulance and companies. This means that if you need an ambulance, it will ask for your Makani coordinates. In order to be found, a person only needs to enter the ten-digit code. Therefore, it is important to have the code everywhere and anytime. If you have a sticker with the code, place it everywhere easy to be seen. if the code is for a building you live in, take a picture of the code, or write it down on a piece of paper. You can find the code of your location through the Makani application. To find out the coordinates of a destination, the user can type the name of the building or location in the search bar, and click on the result. Another option is to zoom in on the map, clicking on the building or location once visible. With the satellite option, it is easy to recognize the location,” explained Abdul Hakim. For any passenger, the application is available in the form of a GPS navigator, launched in partnership with Garmin. But directions are also provided by the smart application, present routes by car, public transport and walking. You can find the app in the Appstore and Google Play under the name Makani Dubai. The application is also available as a website.

It helps you easily find others

You should download the Makani App, to use it to find other people’s properties. In fact, the app will show you only the outline of buildings and their main entrances. Additionally, like with Google Maps, a voice features available and step-by-step route guidance, distance calculations, location sharing with other users, traffic status and more. You even add the Makani number as a location to a name in the contact list on your smartphone, then uses it repeatedly.

Emergency location reporting

the Makani app provides Emergency Location Reporting. So, if you are in a crisis at an unknown location, the app will help you know exactly where you are (via GIS). Then you can use the number to pass the information to anyone. Just imagine the time you will save on trying to explain your location based on visuals. It can definitely be lifesaving.
Speaking to Gulf News, Malek said that the municipality’s Makani app has already been famous at Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, “and the deal has just been finalized with Ras Al Khaimah.” He explained that the process of creating the plates in the northern emirates will not take so long as in Dubai, which was launched in April 2015 and continues to be published in different phases across the city.“Ajman will have 20,000 plates while Umm Al Quwain will receive about 7,000 plates for each building,” said Malek. “We will start focusing our efforts now on these four emirates until they are completed, and only then we will focus our efforts on Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.” Currently, 50,000 plates have been set up in several areas, including Mirdif, Garhoud and Al Barsha, with the remaining 80,000 expected to be installed by the end of this year. The Makani plates in other emirates will look exactly the same but will be of a different colour. For example, the Makani bar in Dubai is yellow, while the one in Ajman will be orange,” he said The Makani app is accurate up to one metre of the pin selected on the map, and can also be scanned by smartphones using the QR code reader apps – providing a digital copy of the number that can be quickly shared online


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