A coastal region of Abu Dhabi has been renamed in honour of the area’s heritage.
On Wednesday, Abu Dhabi Municipality announced that Al Dhabiya, an area along the west coast of the emirate, between Al Ruwais and Mussaffah, would be renamed Al Nouf.
The decision was made by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to “ingrain local heritage in the names of regions and cities”.
The change aims to highlight the historical importance of the area, Abu Dhabi Government Media Office said in a statement.
Al Nouf is a traditional Arabic name meaning elevation and height. It was chosen to reflect the importance of the area as a centre for heritage and a “distinguished tourist destination”.
The area is popular for fishing, diving and sailing.