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Sometimes a city's most interesting features are hidden in its name. Take a closer look at the names of these famous metropolises and see them in a new light.
In Arabic, the name of the capital of the United Arab Emirates means "Father of the Gazelle". It's most likely in reference to the dhibaa, a type of gazelle that once populated the region.
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 Amstel River. Translated literally, Amsterdam means 'the dam of the Amstel'.
It only takes basic knowledge of Greek mythology to find the origin of the name of Greece's capital city. Athena is the goddess of wisdom and war.
Many historians disagree on the origins of the name Bordeaux, but the area's first inhabitants gave it the name Burdigala. Even the etymology of this name is disputed, but it's possible that Bordeaux was derived from it.
Another city with a disputed name is Dubai. It may refer to the tributary that splits the city in two, or it could be a diminuitive of the Arabic word for locust. This area used to be just a swampy fishing town at the edge of the desert.