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The Abu Dhabi Municipality has announced that Sowwah Island has been renamed as Al Maryah Island. This move is intended to showcase the true historical and environmental values of the UAE, and the economic and urban importance of the island.
Al Maryah Island is positioned uniquely amidst the current business area of Abu Dhabi, and futuristic projects at Al Reem Island, the new cultural district Saadiyat Island, and Mina Zayed.
The island has been renamed in the context of continued attention on true heritage values and to cement the pillars of public legacy, apart from culminating areas with deep-rooted historical values in the UAE. The renaming of the island is also indicative of a growing trend, wherein historical areas in Abu Dhabi Emirate are being given authentic names.
The Al Maryah Island denotes a historical village in Liwa Oasis, Abu Dhabi. The area is inhabited by abundant numbers of Pure-bred Arabian Oryx, called Al Maryah. The place has been dotted with springs of fresh water and several species of birds.
The area witnessed several episodes of growth and development, with demographic colonies emerging with development of towns and oasis, which indicates the comprehensive development drive that UAE has witnessed.
Etymologically, the word ‘Al Maryah’ refers to Marj, from which, the word Al Marijah has developed. It indicates a place where pastures, plants and various greens spread, along with various types of flora and different forms of wildlife and desert terrain feature autonomous local animals. Various kinds of desert plants and wild plants spread there, along with fresh water.
The Al Maryah Island, formerly Sowwah Island, is now witnessing wide urban and modern upswing, with its fully-integrated, mixed use development, spanning 114 hectares in area.
The Urban Planning Council (UPC) in Abu Dhabi has chosen the Al Maryah Island to be the new Central Business District (CBD) of the capital. The Island is being developed in phases, the first being ‘’Sowwah Square’, featuring 180,000 square meters of grade A office space, integrated within a luxurious leisure, shopping and dining precinct.
The Al Maryah Island will also offer several service and recreational amenities, made to match global standards, including, public parks, high-class hotels, footpath, public amenities such as shopping centres and restaurants, and several international medical amenities, including Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
On the whole, the Island is a true, unique commercial and entertainment hub at both regional and global levels. The Abu Dhabi Municipality has already begun to change all relevant signage, updated the GIS database of relevance to the Island, and to bear the new name and inform relevant authorities to use the new name.
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