Have you ever had trouble locating a place due to confusing and vague addresses? Well, a Makani number can solve that problem! This smart addressing system in Dubai makes it easy for residents and visitors to find any location, be it a mall, hospital, residential building or park. Find out all about this smart initiative and how it can make your life simpler!
WHAT IS THE MAKANI NUMBER DUBAI?
Introduced by the Dubai Municipality in 2015, Makani complements the traditional address system and is another step towards making Dubai one of the smartest cities in the world.
The Makani number is part of the official addressing system in Dubai. In a nutshell, it’s a smart navigation system implemented by the Dubai Municipality, which uses geo-tagging to locate the entrance to any building on interactive maps. It was later adopted by other emirates including Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
All of the completed properties in Dubai and the other above-mentioned emirates have a unique 10-digit number posted on the façade, that number is known as their Makani number. We’re talking hospitals, villas, high-rise buildings and even giant-sized landmarks like Dubai Mall.
Dubai is the first city in the world to adopt such a number-based addressing system. It makes it extremely easy to find any location with a 1-square-meter accuracy on smartphones and navigation systems. Because each Makani number is unique, there is no additional information like symbols or names required to find directions to the desired location, which makes it ideal for a massive city like Dubai.
HOW DO I FIND MY MAKANI NUMBER?
It’s quite easy to find the Makani number Dubai. You can check the lobby of your building since a plaque with its Makani number is usually installed there. If it’s a villa, the plaque is usually found at the entrance of the property.
If you want to know how to find the Makani number online, here’s what you need to do.
- Visit the official Makani website or download the mobile application, available on both App Store and Play Store.
- If you would like to know the Makani number for your current location, allow the website or app to access your device’s location. It will track your location and display the Makani number for your building or house.
- You can also type your conventional home address in the search bar on the website or application to get its Makani number.
- Alternatively, you can scroll through the map and click on your desired location to obtain its 10-digit unique number.
Once you click on the middle of a building, shop, hospital or house, the map will display the property’s boundaries and a marker at its entrance. You can select the marker to see its 10-digit code. If a location has multiple entrances, such as a mall or park, the map will show markers at each of its entrances.
HOW TO USE THE MAKANI NUMBER?
You can use the 10-digit code to search for directions to your desired destination using the Makani website or mobile app, along with options to avoid tolls. You can even search Dubai Makani numbers in other smart navigation systems such as Google Maps to get directions to your exact destination.
You can also share the 10-digit code for a location with someone directly from the Makani app.
HOW DOES THE MAKANI NUMBER HELP?
Here are a few reasons why knowing the Makani number for a location can make life easier.
YOU CAN SHARE YOUR EXACT LOCATION
Have you ever called for a taxi and had it go to the wrong pick-up location? Thanks to the Makani number, you no longer need to face this issue. The unique, 10-digit number gives the exact entrance location of your building or house with 1 square-metre accuracy, so taxi drivers can easily find you! If you’re booking taxi services through public transport apps such as S’hail, you can use the number to identify your location and destination.
YOU CAN FIND OTHER LOCATIONS EASILY
If you download the Makani app yourself, you can use it to find other locations easily. In fact, the app will show you the outline of buildings and their main entrances.
Similar to Google Maps, there is a voice feature, step-by-step route guidance, distance calculations, traffic status and more. You even add the Makani number as a location to a contact on your smartphone for more convenience!
IT’S HELPFUL IN EMERGENCIES
If you find yourself in a crisis at an unknown location, the app can help you find out exactly where you are. Then you can use the number to inform authorities such as the police, helping you save time and share your exact location in case of an emergency.
YOU CAN GET PRIORITY SERVICE FROM THE POLICE
Senior citizens and residents in Dubai can register for priority service with the Dubai Police using their Makani number. This will help the police locate them easily during emergencies or urgent requests and provide them with enhanced, priority services.
WHAT IS MAKANI IN ENGLISH?
The word Makani aptly translates to “my location” in English.
WHAT IS THE USE OF THE MAKANI NUMBER?
The Makani number has many applications in the daily life of Dubai residents. It can help you to quickly and accurately locate any place, be it a retail outlet, restaurant, hospital or residential building. Alternatively, this 10-digit number can help others easily locate you; this comes in handy when booking taxi services or calling for an ambulance/police during an emergency.
HOW TO KNOW YOUR BUILDING’S MAKANI NUMBER?
Finding out your building’s Makani number is a simple process! Visit the official Makani website and type your building’s address in the search bar. The map will then display the 10-digit Makani number for the building. For larger buildings with multiple entrances, you can choose the appropriate marker to get the correct Makani number.
Alternatively, you can scroll through the map and click on your building to get it, too.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER FEATURES OF THE MAKANI APP?
Aside from its location-finding features, the app can be used for a variety of other purposes.
- Displays the live traffic status for roads and highways.
- Shows the public transport routes in Dubai, such as Dubai Metro and Ferry.
- Also shows points of interest such as F&B outlets, supermarkets and more near your selected location.
- Reveals the ‘qibla’ direction for the chosen location.
- Allows you to share Makani numbers directly from the app.
That’s all we have for you on the Makani number in Dubai. As you can see, this number-based address system is another one of Dubai’s remarkable smart initiatives to simplify life for residents, citizens and visitors!
Makani is also one of the common real estate terms that Dubai residents should know about. Aside from Makani, tenants and homeowners can also make use of real estate apps in Dubai to renew their Ejari, access valuation services and more.
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