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NAVTEQ opens office in Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 14 November 2006 – NAVTEQ, a provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has recently opened its office in Dubai, UAE. The office will serve as a central reference point for NAVTEQ customers in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia. This local presence will assist customers using NAVTEQ maps in their development of navigation solutions for the region.

In the Middle East, NAVTEQ has been a map provider offering full and detailed coverage of United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar plus extensive mapping of Oman and Saudi Arabia. Together this amounts to over 85,000 kilometers of road network and around 50,000 points of interest divided in up to 46 categories including restaurants, hotels, business facilities, gas stations, auto dealerships and auto service & maintenance, banks, schools and places of worship.

Opened a couple of month ago, the office in Dubai already hosts the first local digital mapping operations team in the region. At this stage geo-analysts based in Dubai will continue to be supported by the European team but will become increasingly independent as local offices and teams will grow.