By Samihah Zaman, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Abu Dhabi: As part of a comprehensive new plan for Abu Dhabi’s coastal and marine areas, the names of 215 islands off the emirate’s coast will finally be standardised and officially recognised, senior urban planning officials announced in the capital on Monday.
The islands, many of which are located just 20 kilometres off the coast, currently bear many different names, Ebrahim Al Hammoudi, project manager for the initiative, Plan Maritime 2030, at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), told Gulf News.
“There are traditional names used by elderly family members, and different government entities refer to the same land mass in different ways. One of our main aims is therefore to standardise these names,” Al Hammoudi said.