Sheikh Mohammed orders Dubai district to be renamed Hind City
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently issued orders to rename a district in Dubai city. The ruler, who is also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, renamed Al Minhad district and surrounding areas as 'Hind City'.
The area also includes housing for Emirati citizens and is connected by key roadways like Emirates Road, Dubai-Al Ain Road, and Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road.
On Twitter, several people were claiming that the area has been renamed to honour the contribution of Indian Hindus. However, there is no mention of why the area was renamed and if "Hind" relates to India or Hindus.
"Hind" is also a word in Arabic which means "100 camels". It is said to be a common and ancient name for girls in the Arab region. In fact, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's senior wife's name has Hind in it - Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum.
This won't be the first time either that a region in Dubai has been renamed. One of the most notable name changes was that of the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa, which was earlier known as Burj Dubai.