Challenges in finding the exact address of the place you want to get to is currently being resolved by Onwani system by means of uniquely naming the major roads in the capital and distinguishing every building with its assigned number.
First introduced in 2013 by the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) in Abu Dhabi, a specialized commission has agreed to make up 19,000 new names for roads in addition to 240 names for the new areas in Abu Dhabi and saving the community from confusion by getting rid duplicate names of the roads.
According to the official of DMA, the new system is designed for the emirate to standardize the naming and location of places for easy finding.
Through Onwani, the integrated system for addressing, location mapping system and the capital’s major thoroughfares are being renumbered in order for the motorists to locate their destinations by referring to logical series of numbers. It is expected that this will not only provide convenience to the residents and visitors, but it will also make emergency responders and delivery services to reach destination without delay.
The names used for the streets mirrors cultural and historical significance, and several of them are with reference to the historical personalities that helped form the UAE and the Arab World.
Around 48,000 new road signs will be provided around the emirate having a combination of blue and purple colors which indicates the major roads.
The plates of the buildings will be provided with QR codes. These are necessary in order to know the historical information of the street, locate nearest points of interest and get updated regarding the events happening in the area through the use of smart devices. Furthermore, the code can be sent to other users for their reference.