Exploring Abuja With Google Maps

Abuja with Google for me is an experience that will last a lifetime and i hope to share his experience with you guys so at the end of this piece, you can also understand the many benefits that the Google maps has in store for us.

I also wondered why Abuja? #AbujawithGoogleMaps is a 2-day Google Maps-guided tour of some famous cultural and historical landmarks in Abuja aimed at demonstrating how Google Maps can be an indispensable tool to help people explore and discover the world. These features are very useful for me especially in Lagos here where traffic gridlock is a way of life.

The trip to Abuja was a fun one as it was a good time networking with fellow professionals from the media and social media space who were also excited for this opportunity to explore the state capital.

Checking into the Summer set hotel in Maitama which was home for the next two days was smooth. I loved every bit of my stay there and they got a 5 star from me when i did a google review days later.

First stop was the largest public park in Abuja, the millennium park which is located in the Maitama district of the city.

The entrance to the Millennium Park

The 80 acres Millennium Park which was conceived and designed by the Italian architect Manfredi Nicoletti was inaugurated by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom on 4 December 2003.

We were taken on a tour of the park with a lecture on significant trees and symbols.

Second stop was the Thought Pyramid Art gallery located at 18 Libreville Crescent, Wuse, Abuja where we saw a great collection of paintings from various Nigerian artists as well as a few sculptures and woodwork.

The Thought pyramid has lots of interesting, affordable pieces and the building itself is a work of art.

My favorite art here is getting to paint a google doodle on a blank T shirt. I think i did pretty well for a first time painter.

Next stop was the Ushafa Pottery village, a pottery village with a global tourism appeal i must say.

The Ushafa Arts Center was built in Ushafa village in 1991 to showcase the skill and creativity of the women potters of Ushafa community while attracting tourists, visitors, and buyers to empower these women.

My highlight of the visit here was watching the creativity of these women as they made a work of art from scratch.

We were also allowed to try out what we had seen and it was a hilarious experience i must say.

Our next visit was to the IBB international golf and country club. It is an exclusive club with access for members only located at 41 Udi Hill Street, off Aso Drive in Abuja to learn the basics of golfing.

Joining a gold club as we all know is a very expensive and big deal and thanks to Google, i might never have had an opportunity to visit one. This was a very enlightening experience.

The IBB International Golf Course Abuja is a tourist attraction occupying a land area of about 101 hectares with a number of ponds, lakes streams and bridges.

I am not Tiger Woods yet but i learnt a lot on my visit here to know that i want to join a golf club sometime in the nearest future.

Our last stop for the day was to unwind after touring Abuja. We visited The Cube Cafe and as a foodie i can tell you that they have the best Burger in Nigeria. It was an evening of fun. karaoke, dance and gist.

Day 1 of the Abuja with google trip was a blast.

DAY 2

The day 2 of our trip started with an early morning wake up call for breakfast, well, it was also an opportunity for us to take some beautiful photos after which we had the most challenging task of the trip.

Navigating some important places in Abuja with a team of 4 with your google mas and the help some clues that were provided.

The task which went on for hours took us through 12 iconic locations in the city of Abuja with the help of Google maps and it finally ended at the Marrakesh Restaurant which was the last clue where we had lunch.
Lunch was fun as i got to try out a new dish at this Moroccan restaurant.

The next stop was the Popular Central Park located at Plot 174 Kur Mohammed Avenue, Wuse.

The Central Park is a beehive of activities with so many fun things to do asides from enjoy the view of the lush greenery. There are activities ranging from the 500m Go-Kart race track to the children’s playground, paint balling and so much more.

We spent so much time having so much fun at the Central Park and our next stop was the famous Abuja Gate for a quick Photo shoot before we zoomed off to the airport on our way back to Lagos.

My whole trip was documented on the Google Maps. As a Local Guide, i was able to share tips, ideas and recommendations of all the places i visited. Click on this link to see the Fun places To Visit In Abuja. 

You can also follow my Twitter Thread here —————https://twitter.com/thelazywrita/status/1134359010197561346?s=12

Google’s vision is to organize the world’s information and make it accessible and useful to everyone. Part of this vision includes helping more people use Maps to make better decisions, and be able to make good use of their time. This has very meaningful and understandable impact on their overall happiness.

Nigerians want to live the most out of every day and relish every experience. One of the ways they do is through holidays and travel adventures. Google Maps is available to guide them through every step- beginning with the planning, to when they eventually take the trip. We want Maps to become an indispensable tool that helps them discover and explore their world.

How Google Maps is helping people discover and explore the real world

The information across Google Search and Maps helps millions of people, every day, discover and share great places. Our goal is to help people get out and enjoy the world by building a map tailored to each user and their likes and preferences.

Discovery and Exploration

Google Maps has always helped users get where they need to go as quickly as possible, but now they can also use Maps to find things to do and places to eat based on their own unique tastes and preferences. Now, users can:

Find new things to do and see dining, event, and activity options based on their location in the newly redesigned Explore tab.

Know where the tastemakers are going: Trending lists with information from local experts, Google, and trusted publishers help users know exactly where to go in their neighborhood based on what’s popular right now.

Easily make plans as a group: Users can create a shareable shortlist within Google Maps and instantly share it with friends across any platform so they can vote on a place and decide where to go within minutes.

Make decisions about where to go quickly with “your match”, a number that suggests how likely you are to like or dislike a restaurant based on your preferences.

Stay on top of the latest and greatest with the new “For you” tab. Users can see trending places, newly opened restaurants, foodie lists, and more in the neighborhoods they care about most.

Google Maps strives to provide people with accurate, useful and actionable info about the world around them. This includes not only showing them all available travel options, but allowing them to book a ride, reserve a table, see how busy a place is or how long the wait is, book a fitness class or beauty treatment, order delivery, and more.

Reflecting the real world

Google Maps is constantly improving with more than 25 million updates made each day throughout the world — including the latest road names, business addresses, public transit schedules, Street View images and more

We’re heavily invested in empowering Google Maps’ users to contribute their local knowledge to the map to make the product even better for themselves and other users.

With Google My Business, business owners have a streamlined (and free) way to update their business info quickly and easily across Google. And users have access to up to date information for millions of businesses throughout the world.

Any user can add a missing place or correct business information from Google Maps and Search. Users can also report errors using the “Report a Problem” tool, found at the bottom right corner of the map.

To contribute local knowledge to Google Maps and engage with a passionate community, people can join the Local Guides program where they can earn points and unlock rewards for submitting edits and other information.

Building for Everyone

Accessibility

We care deeply about building a map that everyone can use to explore the world around them. We added wheelchair accessible entrances to the map and created a way for people to contribute additional accessibility information to the map in July 2017. With the help of everyday users and our Local Guides community, which was established in early 2015, we’ve been able to add accessibility information to nearly millions of places around the world. And we added “wheelchair accessible” routes in transit navigation. While the complex nature of gathering accessibility data takes time, we are excited to continue building upon this foundation.

Bringing country-specific features to emerging markets (NBU)

We build features and experiences based on the evolving needs of our users no matter where they are.

We launched two-wheeler navigation mode for users in countries like India, Indonesia, and countries throughout Southeast Asia where two-wheelers are a common mode of transportation.

We’ve also launched support for traffic management programs like even/odd days in Jakarta and vehicle rotation in Brazil.

In 2018, we launched Maps Go, a lightweight navigation app designed specifically for low-end devices, which now also includes turn by turn voice navigation.

What can you do with Google Maps

Navigate anywhere, fast: Quickly add destinations based on recent searches without having to manually type in the location. Search for places, get alternative routes, real time information about traffic jams and delays, and an up to date ETA so you know exactly when you’ll be at your destination.

Add detours to your route: We’ve all been there – you’re on your way to a birthday party and you’ve forgotten to buy a gift. Cue panic – or not. With Google Maps you can easily search for places along your route while in navigation mode, so you can find the nearest store and get back on the road as quickly as possible.

Never miss your stop again: Use Google Maps to get transit navigation times, ETAs and a notification that tells you when to transfer or get off your bus or train, so you can stop worrying about missing your stop and start enjoying the sights.

Wheelchair accessible routes: Use Google Maps to find wheelchair accessible transit routes to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs.

Offline maps: No data? No problem. You can still find your way even if you have spotty reception or an expensive data plans. Whether you’re camping in the wilderness or traveling abroad, you can download a map of an area so you can see directions and use turn by turn navigation even when you can’t get online.

Wait time estimates and popular times: Use Google Maps to find out what the estimated wait times and popular times are at your favorite businesses so you can beat the crowds and save time.

Remember where you parked: After navigating somewhere, use Google Maps to save your parking location so you never have a “Dude where’s my car?” moment again. (This is a US-based movie reference, so feel free to localize).

Create lists so you can keep track of your favorite places and share them with friends.

Find things to do and places to eat based on your unique interests and preferences.

OK Google, what’s my ETA? Keep your focus on the road by using voice commands on Google Maps. Just say “OK Google, find gas stations” or “ Show alternate routes” t

How Google Maps is helping people discover and explore the real world

The information across Google Search and Maps helps millions of people, every day, discover and share great places. Our goal is to help people get out and enjoy the world by building a map tailored to each user and their likes and preferences.  

Discovery and Exploration

Google Maps has always helped users get where they need to go as quickly as possible, but now they can also use Maps to find things to do and places to eat based on their own unique tastes and preferences. Now, users can:

  • Find new things to do and see dining, event, and activity options based on their location in the newly redesigned Explore tab.  
  • Know where the tastemakers are going: Trending lists with information from local experts, Google, and trusted publishers help users know exactly where to go in their neighborhood based on what’s popular right now.
  • Easily make plans as a group: Users can create a shareable shortlist within Google Maps and instantly share it with friends across any platform so they can vote on a place and decide where to go within minutes.
  • Make decisions about where to go quickly with “your match”, a number that suggests how likely you are to like or dislike a restaurant based on your preferences.
  • Stay on top of the latest and greatest with the new “For you” tab. Users can see trending places, newly opened restaurants, foodie lists, and more in the neighborhoods they care about most.

Google Maps strives to provide people with accurate, useful and actionable info about the world around them. This includes not only showing them all available travel options, but allowing them to book a ride, reserve a table, see how busy a place is or how long the wait is, book a fitness class or beauty treatment, order delivery, and more.

Reflecting the real world

Google Maps is constantly improving with more than 25 million updates made each day throughout the world — including the latest road names, business addresses, public transit schedules, Street View images and more [updated 3/6/18].

We’re heavily invested in empowering Google Maps’ users to contribute their local knowledge to the map to make the product even better for themselves and other users.

  • With Google My Business, business owners have a streamlined (and free) way to update their business info quickly and easily across Google. And users have access to up to date information for millions of businesses throughout the world.
  • Any user can add a missing place or correct business information from Google Maps and Search. Users can also report errors using the “Report a Problem” tool, found at the bottom right corner of the map.
  • To contribute local knowledge to Google Maps and engage with a passionate community, people can join the Local Guides program where they can earn points and unlock rewards for submitting edits and other information.  

Building for Everyone

Accessibility

We care deeply about building a map that everyone can use to explore the world around them. We added wheelchair accessible entrances to the map and created a way for people to contribute additional accessibility information to the map in July 2017. With the help of everyday users and our Local Guides community, which was established in early 2015, we’ve been able to add accessibility information to nearly millions of places around the world. And we added “wheelchair accessible” routes in transit navigation. While the complex nature of gathering accessibility data takes time, we are excited to continue building upon this foundation.

Bringing country-specific features to emerging markets (NBU)

We build features and experiences based on the evolving needs of our users no matter where they are.

We launched two-wheeler navigation mode for users in countries like India, Indonesia, and countries throughout Southeast Asia where two-wheelers are a common mode of transportation.

We’ve also launched support for traffic management programs like even/odd days in Jakarta and vehicle rotation in Brazil.

In 2018, we launched Maps Go, a lightweight navigation app designed specifically for low-end devices, which now also includes turn by turn voice navigation.

What can you do with Google Maps

Navigate anywhere, fast: Quickly add destinations based on recent searches without having to manually type in the location. Search for places, get alternative routes, real time information about traffic jams and delays, and an up to date ETA so you know exactly when you’ll be at your destination.

Add detours to your route: We’ve all been there – you’re on your way to a birthday party and you’ve forgotten to buy a gift. Cue panic – or not. With Google Maps you can easily search for places along your route while in navigation mode, so you can find the nearest store and get back on the road as quickly as possible.

Never miss your stop again: Use Google Maps to get transit navigation times, ETAs and a notification that tells you when to transfer or get off your bus or train, so you can stop worrying about missing your stop and start enjoying the sights.

Wheelchair accessible routes: Use Google Maps to find wheelchair accessible transit routes to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs.

Offline maps: No data? No problem. You can still find your way even if you have spotty reception or an expensive data plans. Whether you’re camping in the wilderness or traveling abroad, you can download a map of an area so you can see directions and use turn by turn navigation even when you can’t get online.

Wait time estimates and popular times: Use Google Maps to find out what the estimated wait times and popular times are at your favorite businesses so you can beat the crowds and save time.  

Remember where you parked: After navigating somewhere, use Google Maps to save your parking location so you never have a “Dude where’s my car?” moment again. (This is a US-based movie reference, so feel free to localize).

Create lists so you can keep track of your favorite places and share them with friends.

Find things to do and places to eat based on your unique interests and preferences.

OK Google, what’s my ETA? Keep your focus on the road by using voice commands on Google Maps. Just say “OK Google, find gas stations” or “ Show alternate routes” to get the information you need, hands free.

o get the information you need, hands free.

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