GPS developer, Garmin, has released the 2011 maps for the Middle East, and this time has covered more of the region. Originally, the Middle East maps focused on the GCC (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman). Towards the end of last year, Garmin started moving west with Jordan added in Q3 2009 and in March 2010, the 2011 maps were released, adding Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco to the mix.

Not as detailed as the maps for the UAE, for instance, but it does cover major metropolitan areas of the country:

Garmin City Navigator® Middle East & Northern Africa NT 2011 Map Coverage

Garmin City Navigator® Middle East & Northern Africa NT 2011 Map Coverage

Update – April 9, 2010:
I’ve taken snapshots of both a random area in Beirut and an area in Dubai to compare the maps. What really stands out is the overall road structure and design. Dubai seems planned out, Beirut seems to have been drawn by a two year old.

Snapshot from Garmin GPS of Bur Dubai

Snapshot from Garmin GPS of Bur Dubai

Snapshot from Garmin GPS of Ras Beirut

Snapshot from Garmin GPS of Ras Beirut