Abu Dhabi renames district to honor famed Arabian horse breed Rabdan

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Abu Dhabi City Municipality has renamed Bain Al Jisrain-Al Maqtaa district to Rabdan, the name of a purebred Arabian horse that the UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owns.

One of the most famous Arabian horses, Rabdan is considered part of the UAE’s rich heritage and Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the Ruler of Abu Dhabi between 1855-1909 was known to have owned the breed.

Rabdan refers to a greyish color as many of the horses are a dusty black color. Al Alya means the high status or standing of a person in society, it can also mean the highest point of a spear or sword and refer to someone who is honorable.

The renaming was as per the directives of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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The decision on renaming the district of Bain Al Jisrain-Al Maqtaa in Abu Dhabi was announced on Thursday by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), represented by Abu Dhabi City Municipality.

The DMT also announced that Ras Ghurab Island in Abu Dhabi will now be called Al Alya, which symbolizes something of high status or standing.

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Authentic Arab values

The new names of the two districts reflect the authentic Arab values of UAE and the country continues “to ensure the lineage remains a key part of the UAE’s heritage," announced DMT.

The DMT is responsible for managing the urban planning, development, and transport sectors, and three regional municipalities – Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra Region.

Abu Dhabi City Municipality has accordingly asked all institutions, entities, and relevant authorities to replace all the signage with the new names Rabdan and Al Alya.