Apple Maps’ turn-by-turn directions now available for UAE users

Mobile & Wearables Technology

Apple has launched Apple Maps’ turn-by-turn directions for users across the UAE. Now users’ of iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, and in the car with CarPlay can start using Apple Maps to navigate and find their destinations across the country. The Apple Maps turn-by-turn directions comes with full Arabic language support, guiding you whilst driving as well as walking.

In addition, Maps has also added Indoor Maps for Dubai International Airport, Festival City Mall, and The Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping destinations, giving users a way to explore these locations before even arriving. These new Maps features will become available for users over the next several days.

With Apple Maps, privacy is central to the experience, offering personalized features created using on-device intelligence. Apple is committed to keeping personal information safe and has built privacy into the core of Maps.

Please find below brief overview of Apple Maps:

Maps Overview

  • Maps helps millions of people in over 200 countries and territories navigate and explore the world.

  • Maps is deeply integrated into the most popular apps customers use every day, including Photos, Messages, Calendar, Weather and more.

  • In addition Maps includes many smart new features including:
    • Collections offers users a way to easily build and share lists of their favorite locations, places they want to visit or top sites for their outing.

    • Favorites gives customers quick and easy navigation to the places they visit every day. Whether it’s home, work, the gym or school, users can simply tap and go once it’s in Favorites on the launch screen.

    • Share ETA sends an estimated time of arrival to family, friends or coworkers with a simple tap. The receiver can follow along on the journey, and Maps will even update them with a revised estimate for when the traveler is arriving if a significant delay occurs.

    • Flight status uses on-device Siri intelligence to scan for information stored in Mail, Calendar or Wallet and proactively serves flight information for terminals, gate locations and departure times, as well as flight changes or cancellations for upcoming travel

    • Indoor Maps for airports and malls makes it possible for users to get the most out of their next trip or shopping excursion. By simply opening the Maps app, users can see what level they’re on, restroom locations and even which stores and restaurants are open.



  • With Maps, no sign-in is required and it is not connected to an Apple ID in any way.

  • Personalized features, such as suggesting departure time to make the next appointment, are created using on-device intelligence.

  • Any data collected by Maps while using the app, like search terms, navigation routing and traffic information, is associated with random identifiers that continually reset to ensure the best possible experience and to improve Maps.

  • Maps goes even further to obscure a user’s location on Apple servers when searching for a location through a process called “fuzzing.”

  • Maps converts the precise location where the search originated to a less-exact one after 24 hours and does not retain a history of what has been searched or where a user has been.




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