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Sometimes a city's biggest secret is hidden in its name. But take a closer look at the names of these famous metropoles and all will be revealed!
In Arabic, the name of the capital of the United Arab Emirates means 'Father of the Gazelle', most likely in reference to the animals that populate the emirate.
You don't need to dig too deep to find the meaning behind the name Amsterdam. It refers to the 'dam' on which the city was constructed along the River Amstel. So literally translated, Amsterdam means 'the dam of the Amstel'.
It only takes a basic knowledge of Greek mythology to find the origin of the name of Greece's capital city. The goddess of wisdom, war and craft was called Athena.
The old name for this French city was Burdigala. By chopping the word up, we find the words 'burd' (muddy) and 'gala' (creek). So the name Bordeaux would originally have meant 'the creek in the marshes or wetlands'.
Dubai was named for a type of grasshopper, or locust, which thrives in this desert region. Its Arabic name is 'dibba'.