Google encourages Egyptians to tour favourite global destinations virtually during Eid

Ahram Online , Thursday 21 May 2020

The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is seen during sunset in Berlin, Germany. REUTERS

Google is encouraging Egyptians to take virtual tours of some of their top destinations during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday amid the coronavirus travel restrictions.

The tech giant is encouraging people to do so by using its “Street View” feature in Google Maps, which offers 360-degree views of streets in many countries, and Google Arts & Culture, which features content from over 2,000 museums.

Egypt's top searched Eid destination is the United States, followed by the UAE, Germany, Greece, the UK, Turkey, Spain, Italy and Lebanon, Google said in a report sent to Ahram Online.

Google has suggested some sites in each of these countries that can be explored virtually through the two features.

Egyptian users can roam through New York's Times Square or experience the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin. They can also tour the Acropolis Museum in Greece and visit London’s Royal Albert Hall and learn about the UK’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Travel lovers can also get close to La Sagrada Familia in Spain, experience Italy’s rich culture or take a stroll around Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.

"Over the past 60 days we’ve seen Google Search interest spike more than 700 percent for virtual tours worldwide,” Google said.

People are looking to discover world-famous museums, with the Louvre in Paris, Washington's Smithsonian and New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) among the five most-searched virtual tours globally, Google said.


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