"This is a form of honor and award, not merely for me personally but also for Indonesia," the president noted in a statement uploaded on his Instagram account @jokowi cited from Jakarta on Tuesday.
The President Joko Widodo Street was officially unveiled on Monday (October 19) by Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the Abu Dhabi executive office chairman.
The president believes that the street, which separates the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center area and the Embassy Area that is populated by several Diplomatic Representatives Offices, is emblematic of the strong ties between both nations that have currently established multi-sectoral cooperation.
The head of state further highlighted that the naming of the street is expected to further solidify and strengthen both nations and their relations in addition to being beneficial for people of both the UAE and Indonesia.
The Indonesian Embassy in Abu Dhabi stated that the President Joko Widodo Street is located on one of the main roads of the city.
The street was earlier named Al Ma'arid Street, which translates to “pameran” in Bahasa Indonesia, or exhibition in English. The street connects Rabdan Street with Tunb Al Kubra Street.
Streets in Abu Dhabi are often given geographical names that mirror the history behind the land in which the street is located while simultaneously preserving Abu Dhabi's identity and culture.
However, in 2013, the Abu Dhabi government renamed several main streets in the city, changing them with the names of major leadership figures, as a mark of respect in addition to commemorating the vision, leadership, and contribution of leaders, who worked for the betterment of people of the UAE.
The naming of the President Joko Widodo Road in Abu Dhabi adds to the list of roads named after Indonesian figures abroad: the Sukarno Street in Rabat, Morocco; Muhammad Hatta Street in Harleem, the Netherlands; Raden Ajeng Adjeng Kartini Street in Amsterdam; and Munir Street in The Hague.
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