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In a year, finding your way in Capital will be a smooth affair

Street names and electronic number plates for buildings with QR codes being mounted, to help residents to share their addresses electronically.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 18 Mar 2015, 2:06 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:34 PM

Abu Dhabi - The Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) has made progress in implementing its project of renaming internal streets and placing new electronic number plates on both commercial and residential buildings across the Capital.

The new system, which will be implemented in a year, will help residents share their addresses electronically and find places of their interest, such as food outlets, electronically.

According to the municipality, all streets will be renamed and most of them named after the emirate’s honoured visionary leaders and heroes. The project called ‘Onwani’ (‘My address’ in Arabic) is being implemented in collaboration with the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA),

“There has been satisfactory progress in the roll-out process so far. For example, in the areas of Bahia, Al Falah and Al Nahyan, 95 per cent of the streets have already been named, with 110 new street signs and 1,618 new number plates on buildings. In addition, 720 new street signs have been installed across Abu Dhabi City, which include the main streets of Abu Dhabi Island and Al Bateen,” said Eisa Al Mazrouei, Acting Executive Director of Infrastructure and Assets Sector of the ADM.

The ADM is the first of the three municipalities in the emirate to have Onwani rolled out. Over the next year, it will be installing just under 17,000 new street name signs, and mounting 66,000 building number plates which all have a unique QR Code on it.

Upon scanning the QR Code, the general public can find out address details about the location, the meaning of the street name, locate the nearest points of interest, be aware of local events in the area, and send the QR Code to their friends and family in order to locate them with ease. This can also be used by emergency services, utilities and delivery personnel to help locate a place with pinpoint accuracy.

Al Mazrouei further explained that the ‘route numbers’, which are unique in the Capital, will be added on the overhead street name signs fixed to the traffic signals and gantries at the main street intersections on Abu Dhabi Island, to aid in finding way.

“This will further facilitate easy navigation throughout the island, for visitors and residents who are not familiar with the street names. The odd route numbers on the overhead signs are similar to the previous numbering system, with Corniche Street in the North-West starting with route number 1 and Dhafeer Street in the South-East having route number 31. To ease orientation and navigation further, the current even numbering will be adjusted, starting with route number 2 in Khalifa Al Mubarak Street (Al Bateen area), and progressing with sequential numbering to the North-East, he said.         The official further added Onwani is a vital contribution to the goals of Vision 2030, under which Abu Dhabi aims to consolidate its status as one of the world’s most advanced societies. “By unifying the Abu Dhabi emirate’s addressing system, Onwani empowers citizens, residents, tourists and service providers alike to find their location accurately and with ease,” he concluded.

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