DUBAI // A geographic address system was launched on Sunday to enable people to locate buildings in the emirate within one metre of accuracy, using an application and a 10-digit code.

Makani (My Location) was developed under the supervision of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, for use by Dubai Municipality.

The smart system acquires real-time coordinates from satellites to provide detailed information about location and access points to buildings and facilities.

Sheikh Hamdan has directed Dubai Municipality to issue 10-digit signs to buildings and access points within six months.

He said a smart geographic address system was key for Dubai, a city that is home to more than 200 nationalities and is visited by more than 10 million tourists each year. “We aspire to launch unique initiatives that would help realise the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city,” Sheikh Hamdan said on Sunday.

“It takes more than development of smart applications and services to transform into a smart city.

“It also needs a drastic change in procedures, data transfer mechanism and top-of-the-line digital infrastructure.”