Abu Dhabi unites 2 areas; Island renamed

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Abu Dhabi Al-Maqta Region
Al-Maqta Bridge | Representational Image

The Abu Dhabi government has introduced changes to the geographical jurisdiction and naming within the region. 

Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) represented by Abu Dhabi City Municipality, has announced that;

1. The district of Bain Al Jisrain – Al Maqtaa in Abu Dhabi, will now be known as Rabdan.

The region is merged and renamed as Rabdan, after the late Sheikh Zayed’s horse, and one of the horses of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

“The name represents strength, courage and fearlessness, and reflects the UAE’s interest in thoroughbreds,” explained the Abu Dhabi Media Office through its tweet.

It went on to say: “The new name embodies the importance of heritage in naming cities and areas across the emirate.”

2. Ras Ghorab Island would be renamed Al Aliah Island

The name ‘Al Aliah’ means the upper part of a spear or sword and implies the area’s elevated status, explained the media office through its tweet.

The authorities urged all institutions, entities and relevant authorities to adopt the new names Rabdan and Al Alya and replace all signs with their new names. Abu Dhabi had earlier renamed Al Dhabiya, west coast of the emirate into Al Nouf.