Places.ae Dubai Location Based Directory Goes Mobile

| Jul 6, 2008 | comment 10 Comments

Places.aePlaces.ae, the Dubai location based directory, previously reviewed here, have taken their service one step further, officially launching the mobile version of their service at http://m.places.ae

The mobile version has been under development and test for a while now, and now that BlackBerry support has been integrated into it, it has been launched officially.

This mobile version also supports iPhone and Windows Mobile clients, with an even more optimized interface as their browsers and UI are better than those of the BlackBerry; as well as any mobile device that can read HTML pages.

Places.ae BlackBerry Home

However, if you have a BlackBerry equipped with GPS, it’s even easier to find places you’re looking for, as place.ae will use the information from the GPS satellites to know where you are and find a list of places that are closest to your current location.

If you click on one of the entries in the list, you will see a little static map of the place, and as phone numbers of the places are often detected, it’s easy to call a place to ask for other details or make a reservation if necessary.

For more details on how to use a GPS-enabled BlackBerry with Places.ae, you can check out the details and instructions on the Places.ae Blog.

  • http://www.darrb.com Murshed

    its a very good start:) although it needs to be more accurate.

    i’ve searched for pizza in jumeirah as the example says and it gave around 7 results .. all of them are in the Marina area (which is not Jumairah) and all of them are located in the same location or very close to it.

    its a very good start .. i hope it continues to be better

  • http://www.darrb.com Murshed

    its a very good start:) although it needs to be more accurate.

    i’ve searched for pizza in jumeirah as the example says and it gave around 7 results .. all of them are in the Marina area (which is not Jumairah) and all of them are located in the same location or very close to it.

    its a very good start .. i hope it continues to be better

  • http://places.ae Michael Hendrickx

    Thank you for the post!

    @murshed thank you for trying, we’re optimizing the search engine for places.ae. I noticed that searching for jumeirah makes you search for places nearby Jumeirah Lake Towers (for some odd reason). I will debug it and update it, it seems that pizza in jumeira without the H gets you much better results.

    Thank you,
    m1ke

  • http://places.ae Michael Hendrickx

    Thank you for the post!

    @murshed thank you for trying, we’re optimizing the search engine for places.ae. I noticed that searching for jumeirah makes you search for places nearby Jumeirah Lake Towers (for some odd reason). I will debug it and update it, it seems that pizza in jumeira without the H gets you much better results.

    Thank you,
    m1ke

  • http://places.ae Michael Hendrickx

    @murshed I updated the search function, Jumeirah is now the real Jumeirah :)

    Thank you,
    Michael Hendrickx

  • http://places.ae Michael Hendrickx

    @murshed I updated the search function, Jumeirah is now the real Jumeirah :)

    Thank you,
    Michael Hendrickx

  • http://www.darrb.com murshed

    yes it works great on the iPhone.

    how about adding the “Next” & “Previous” links in the details page rather than going backwards everytime?

    how about trying different zoom levels? some locations might require zooming to know where they are exactly.

    Great service!

  • http://www.darrb.com murshed

    yes it works great on the iPhone.

    how about adding the “Next” & “Previous” links in the details page rather than going backwards everytime?

    how about trying different zoom levels? some locations might require zooming to know where they are exactly.

    Great service!

  • http://www.code.ae Michael Hendrickx

    Murshed, that’s a great idea actually. Let me fiddle a bit in Ruby.

    Thank you for idea and the kind words!!

    m1ke

  • http://www.code.ae Michael Hendrickx

    Murshed, that’s a great idea actually. Let me fiddle a bit in Ruby.

    Thank you for idea and the kind words!!

    m1ke

Sign up for StartUpArabia news sent to your inbox:
 
Subscribe: Feed