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:
— وزارة البلدية والبيئة | MME (@albaladiya) April 24, 2014
Notably, all three data points – building number, zone number and street number must be inputted to map the location.
Have you tried it? Thoughts?