A new website with simplified, unified address system, 'Onwani', has been launched by the Abu Dhabi Municipality, under the auspices of the Department of Municipal Affairs
The system is a smart platform which uses the latest geographical navigation technology which aims to uniquely identify every location in the Emirate and make it easy to find any way. Onwani was developed in Arabic and English versions. It is designed to help residents and visitors to accurately identify and reach locations.
Each building and street sign features a number plate that includes a QR code, which residents can share through social media and messaging platforms like WhatsApp and email. Moreover, the website also contains different tab pages with news, FAQs, QR code information, street signs and address panels, and a street map specifying old and new names of streets and buildings.
The DMA announced that the Onwani mobile app is now available for Android and iPhone. The app can be downloaded on a mobile for easy reference to further scan the QR codes on the street signs whenever you need the details about a location and points of interest, which can be shared via social media. The smart system will also improve emergency response time and reduce the travel time.
The new addressing system will be implemented by the municipalities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region.