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It is one of the world's largest cities, with a population of 18.89 million people in the Greater Dhaka Area.{ url=http://worldpopulationreview.com/world-cities/dhaka-population/}{{dead link|date=November 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}WEB,weblink Sector Assessment (Summary): Urban Transport, Asian Development Bank, It is also one of the most densely populated city in the world. Dhaka is the economic, political and cultural center of Bangladesh. It is one of the major cities of South Asia, the largest city in Eastern South Asia and among the Bay of Bengal countries; and one of the largest cities among OIC countries. As part of the Bengal plain, the city is bounded by the Buriganga River, Turag River, Dhaleshwari River and Shitalakshya River. The city is located in an eponymous district and division.The area of Dhaka has been inhabited since the first millennium. The city rose to prominence in the 17th century as a provincial capital and commercial center of the Mughal Empire in South Asia. Dhaka was the capital of Mughal Bengal for 75 years. As the center of the muslin trade in Bengal, it was one of the most prosperous cities in the Indian subcontinent. The medieval city was named in honor of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and hosted the seat of the Mughal Subahdar (governor), Naib Nazims and Dewans (prime ministers). Medieval Dhaka's glory peaked in the 17th and 18th centuries, when it was home to merchants from across Eurasia. The Mughals decorated the city with well-laid out gardens, tombs, mosques, palaces and forts. The city was once called the Venice of the East.WEB,weblink Cities and Natural Process: A Basis for Sustainability, Michael, Hough, 1 January 2004, Psychology Press, Google Books, Under the British Empire, the city saw the introduction of electricity, railways, cinemas, Western-style universities and colleges and a modern water supply. It became an important administrative and educational center in Eastern Bengal and Assam after 1905.{{citation| title=Dacca – A record of its changing fortunes| first=Ahmad| last=Dani| publisher= Mrs. Safiya S Dani| year=1962| page=119| url=https://www.scribd.com/doc/22374453/Dacca-by-Ahmad-Hasan-Dani}} In 1947, after ending of British rule, it became the administrative capital of the East Pakistan. It was declared as the legislative capital of Pakistan in 1962. In 1971, it became the capital of an independent Bangladesh. Article 5 of the Constitution of Bangladesh declares Dhaka as the capital of the republicweblink its establishment as a modern capital city, the population, area, and social and economic diversity of Dhaka have grown tremendously. Dhaka is now one of the most densely industrialized regions in the countryweblink By the 21st century, it emerged as a megacity, which is now listed as a Beta- Global City by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC). Dhaka is a major financial center in the region, being home to many local and international companies. Its stock exchange has over 750 listed companies. The city hosts over 50 diplomatic missions and the headquarters of BIMSTEC. The city's culture is known for its cycle-rickshaws, cuisine, art festivals and religious diversity. The old city is home to around 2000 buildings from the Mughal and British periods, including notable structures such as the Bara Katra and Choto Katra caravansaries. The city's modernist national assembly is one of the largest parliaments in the world.

Etymology

The origins of the name for Dhaka are uncertain. Once dhak trees were very common in the area and the name may have originated from it. Alternatively, this name may refer to the hidden goddess Dhakeshwari, whose temple is located in the south-western part of the city.WEB,weblink Encyclopædia Britannica, Dhaka, 4 February 2013, Another popular theory states that Dhaka refers to a membranophone instrument, dhak which was played by order of Subahdar Islam Khan I during the inaugurating of the Bengal capital in 1610.WEB,weblink Banglapedia, Islam Khan Chisti, 4 February 2013, Some references also say it was derived from a Prakrit dialect called Dhaka Bhasa; or Dhakka, used in the Rajtarangini for a watch-station; or it is the same as Davaka, mentioned in the Allahabad pillar inscription of Samudragupta as an eastern frontier kingdom.WEB, Chowdhury, A.M., Banglapedia, 23 April 2007,weblink Dhaka, 23 April 2007, According to Rajatarangini written by a Kashmiri Brahman, Kalhana,BOOK, Mamoon, Muntassir, Muntassir Mamoon, 2010, First published 1993, Dhaka: Smiriti Bismiritir Nogori, Anannya, 94, the region was originally known as Dhakka. The word Dhakka means watchtower. Bikrampur and Sonargaon—the earlier strongholds of Bengal rulers were situated nearby. So Dhaka was most likely used as the watchtower for the fortification purpose.

History

File:Lalbagh Kella (Lalbagh Fort) Dhaka Bangladesh 2011 54.JPG|thumb|left|upright|Ruins of Lalbagh FortLalbagh FortFile:Renaldis muslin woman.jpg|thumb|left|upright|A Bengali woman wearing muslinmuslinFile:Old Highcourt Bhaban (2).JPG|thumb|left|upright|Old High Court of Dacca ]]The history of urban settlement in the area of modern-day Dhaka dates to the first millennium. The region was part of the ancient district of Bikrampur, which was ruled by the Sena dynasty.WEB, Dhaka City Corporation, 5 September 2006,weblink Pre-Mughal Dhaka (before 1608), 1 December 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080410184215weblink">weblink 10 April 2008, Under Islamic rule, it became part of the historic district of Sonargaon, the regional administrative hub of the Delhi and the Bengal Sultanates.NEWS, From Jahangirnagar to Dhaka,weblink no, Forum, The Daily Star,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150208123832weblink">weblink 8 February 2015, 18 February 2015, The Grand Trunk Road passed through the region, connecting it with North India, Central Asia and the southeastern port city of Chittagong.The Mughal Empire governed the region during the early modern period. Under Mughal rule, the Old City of Dhaka grew on the banks of the Buriganga River. Dhaka was proclaimed the capital of Mughal Bengal in 1608. Islam Khan Chishti was the first administrator of the city.BOOK, Kraas, Frauke, Aggarwal, Surinder, Coy, Martin, Mertins, Günter, 2013, Megacities: Our Global Urban Future,weblink Springer, 60, 978-90-481-3417-5, Khan named it "Jahangirabad" (City of Jahangir) in honour of the Emperor Jahangir. The name was dropped soon after the English conquered. The main expansion of the city took place under Mughal governor Shaista Khan. The city then measured {{convert|19|by|13|km}}, with a population of nearly one million.WEB,weblink State of Cities: Urban Governance in Dhaka, May 2012, BRAC University, Dhaka was one of the largest and most prosperous cities in South Asia.WEB, Shay, Christopher,weblink Travel – Saving Dhaka's heritage, BBC, 18 February 2015, It grew into a regional economic center during the 17th and 18th centuries, serving as a hub for Eurasian traders, including Bengalis, Marwaris, Kashmiris, Gujaratis, Armenians, Arabs, Persians, Greeks, Dutch, French, English and the Portuguese.BOOK, Colley, Linda, 2009, The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History,weblink Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 262–, 978-0-307-53944-1, Muntassir Mamoon, Ḍhākā Nagara Jādughara. Ḍhākā granthamālā Vol. 11 Ḍhākā Nagara Jādughara, 1991 (original from the University of California, digitalized 2008). pp 18–20 The city was a center of the worldwide muslin, cotton and jute industries, with 80,000 skilled weavers.WEB,weblink Which India is claiming to have been colonizsed?, 31 July 2015, Mughal Bengal generated 50% of the Mughal Empire's GDP, which at the time constituted 29% of world GDP. Dhaka was the commercial capital of the empire. The city had well-laid out gardens, monuments, mosques, temples, bazaars, churches and caravansaries. The Bara Katra was the largest caravansary. The riverbanks were dotted with tea houses and numerous stately mansions. Eurasian traders built neighborhoods in Farashganj (French Bazaar), Armanitola (Armenian Quarter) and Postogola (Portuguese Quarter).Bengal was an affluent region with a Bengali Muslim majority and Bengali Hindu minority, and was globally dominant in industries such as textile manufacturing and shipbuilding.Junie T. Tong (2016), Finance and Society in 21st Century China: Chinese Culture Versus Western Markets, page 151, CRC PressJohn L. Esposito (2004), The Islamic World: Past and Present 3-Volume Set, page 190, Oxford University PressRay, Indrajit (2011). Bengal Industries and the British Industrial Revolution (1757-1857), Routledge, {{ISBN|1136825525}} It was an exporter of silk and cotton textiles, steel, saltpeter, and agricultural and industrial produce.With the defeat of the Nawab of Bengal at the Battle of Buxar in 1764, the British East India Company gained the right to collect taxes from the principality of Bengal. The city formally passed to the control of the British East India Company in 1793 and Dhaka got plugged into the imperial mercantile networks of the British Empire.MAGAZINE, Srangio, Sebastian, 1 October 2010, Dhaka: Saving Old Dhaka's Landmarks,weblink The Caravan,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150909110251weblink">weblink 9 September 2015, With the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain, Dhaka became a leading centre of the jute trade, as Bengal accounted for the largest share of the world's jute production.WEB,weblink WORLDVIEW, File:DhakaCity1861.png|thumb|upright=1.35|Dhaka, or Dacca, under British rule in 1861]]Dhaka suffered stagnation and decline began during the mid 19th-century. Its muslin industry was destroyed by high colonial taxation, restriction of trade and forced imports of British manufactured textiles. The city's weavers starved to death during Bengal famines. The rise of the colonial capital Calcutta caused a sharp decline in the city's population. Dhaka became heavily impoverished. In 1824, an Anglican bishop described Dhaka as a city of magnificent ruins.Lalbagh Kella (Lalbagh Fort) Dhaka Bangladesh 2011 54.JPG During the mutiny of 1857, the city witnessed revolts by the Bengal Army.NEWS,weblink The Times of India, Rare 1857 reports on Bengal uprisings – The Times of India, The British Indian rule was established following the mutiny. It bestowed privileges on the Dhaka Nawab Family, which dominated the city's political and social elite. The Dhaka Cantonment was established as a base for the British Indian Army. The British developed the modern city around Ramna, Shahbag Garden and Victoria Park. A modern civic water system was introduced in 1874.WEB,weblink Dhaka WASA, Dwasa.org.bd, 18 February 2015, In 1885, the Dhaka State Railway was opened with a 144 km metre gauge (1000 mm) rail line connecting Mymensingh and the Port of Narayanganj through Dhakaweblink The city later became a hub of the Eastern Bengal State Railway. The first cinema was shown in Dhaka's riverfront Crown Theatre on 17 April 1898weblink The film show was organized by the Bedford Bioscope Company. The electricity supply began in 1901.WEB,weblink History of Electricity in Bangladesh | Thcapriciousboy, Tusher.kobiraj.com, 18 July 2013, 18 February 2015, (File:Dhaka during British rule 1924.jpg|thumb|Map of Dhaka in 1924)Some of the early educational institutions established during the British period include the Dhaka College, the Dhaka Medical School, the Eden College, St. Gregory's School, the Mohsinia Madrasa, Jagannath College and the Ahsanullah School of Engineering.Ideal School and College was founded on 15 March 1965. Following the inauguration, till 1968 it was a junior school. In 1972 the school was converted into a high school. The students from the school participated in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination (O-level equivalent) for the first time in 1973 and earned an extraordinary success for the very first time. Horse racing was a favorite pastime for elite residents in the city's Ramna Race Course beside the Dhaka Club. The Viceroy of India would often dine and entertain with Bengali aristocrats in the city. Automobiles began appearing after the turn of the century.By the early-20th century, Dhaka projected itself as the standard bearer of Muslim minorities in British India; as opposed to the heavily Hindu-dominated city of Calcutta. During the abortive Partition of Bengal in 1905, Dhaka became the short lived capital of Eastern Bengal and Assam. In 1906, the All India Muslim League was formed at the Ahsan Manzil, during a conference on liberal education hosted by Nawab Sir Khawja Salimullah. Bengal was reunited in 1911. The University of Dhaka was established in 1921 by an Act passed in the Imperial Legislative Council. It started with 3 faculties and 12 departments, covering the subjects of Sanskrit, Bengali, English, Education, History, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Persian, Urdu, Philosophy, Economics, Politics, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Law.The East Bengal Cinematograph Company produced the first full length silent movies in Dhaka during the 1920s, including Sukumari and The Last Kiss. DEVCO, a subsidiary of the Occtavian Steel Company, began widescale power distribution in 1930. The Tejgaon Airport was constructed during World War II as a base for Allied Forces. The Dhaka Medical College was established in 1946.File:Bibi Mariam Cannon, Dhaka in the late 1950s.jpg|thumb|Dhaka in the 1950s. The picture shows the clock tower of the DIT Building and the Bibi Mariam CannonBibi Mariam Cannon(File:Central Dacca in East Pakistan.jpg|thumb|Dhaka's central business district in the 1960s)With the Partition of British India in 1947, Dhaka became the capital of East Bengal (1947-1955) and East Pakistan (1955-1971). It hosted the largest legislature in Pakistan, as East Bengalis compromised the majority of the new state's population. Dhaka's urban population increased dramatically because of Muslim migration from across Bengal and other parts of the subcontinentweblink Dhaka began to see rapid urban expansion from the 1950s. The East Pakistan Stock Exchange Association was formed on 28 April 1954 and later became the Dhaka Stock Exchange. Orient Airways, founded by the East Pakistani industrialist Mirza Ahmad Ispahani, began the first commercial flight between Dhaka and Karachi on 6 June 1954. The airline later evolved into Pakistan International Airlines. The Dhaka Improvement Trust was established in 1956 to coordinate the city's development. The first master plan for the city was drawn up in 1959weblink Several countries opened consulates in Dhaka, including the United States, India, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization established a research center (now called ICDDR,B) for combating disease in 1960.As early as 1947, there were demands for Dhaka to host the parliament of the federation of Pakistan. Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah stated that the country's Constituent Assembly should meet in East Bengal due to the region's large population. In 1962, President Ayub Khan designated Dhaka as the seat of the proposed National Assembly outlined in the 1962 Constitution. The government appointed Louis Kahn and Muzharul Islam to design a capitol complex in Dhaka. The city was declared as the country's legislative capital.BOOK, Pakistan Affairs,weblink 1968, Information Division, Embassy of Pakistan., 19, The Inter-Continental Hotel of Dhaka, designed by William B. Tabler, opened in 1966 in Ramna. The East Pakistan Helicopter Service connected Dhaka with other regional cities as part of the largest commercial helicopter network in the world.The Awami League was formed at the Rose Garden Palace, in 1949 as the Bengali alternative to the domination of the Muslim League in Pakistan. Growing political, cultural and economic rifts emerged between the two wings of the country. The Bengali Language Movement reached its peak in 1952.WEB, Calcutta and Dhaka: A tale of two cities,weblink PDF, 29 June 2015, Richards, John, Inroads, Dhaka remained a center of revolutionary and political activity, as student activism and demands for autonomy increased. The Six point movement in 1966 was widely supported by the city's residents. The city had an influential press founded and owned by Yar Mohammad Khan, with prominent newspapers like the Ittefaq and the Weekly Holiday. During the political and constitutional crisis in 1971, the military junta led by Yahya Khan refused to transfer power to the newly elected National Assembly, causing mass riots, civil disobedience and a movement for self-determination. On 7 March 1971, Awami League leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman addressed a massive public gathering at the Ramna Race Course Maidan in Dhaka, in which he warned of an independence struggle.WEB,weblink Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Virtual Bangladesh, 18 February 2015, WEB,weblink PDF, Calcutta and Dhaka: A tale of two cities, 29 June 2015, Richards, John, Inroads, Subsequently, East Pakistan came under a non-co-operation movement against the Pakistani state. On Pakistan's Republic Day (23 March 1971), Bangladeshi flags were hoisted throughout Dhaka in a show of resistance.WEB,weblink The Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2012 – Edgar Thorpe, 23 March 1971, 18 February 2015, On 25 March 1971, the Pakistan Army launched military operations under Operation Searchlight against the population of East Pakistan.WEB,weblink Centuries of Genocide: Essays and Eyewitness Accounts, 18 February 2015, Dhaka bore the brunt of the army's atrocities, witnessing a genocide and a campaign of widescale repression, with the arrest, torture and murder of the city's civilians, students, intelligentsia, political activists and religious minorities. The army faced mutinies from the East Pakistan Rifles and the Bengali police.WEB,weblink Science, Technology, Imperialism, and War, 18 February 2015, Large parts of the city were burnt and destroyed, including Hindu neighborhoods. Much of the city's population was either displaced or forced to flee to the countryside.WEB,weblink Fall of Dhaka: Memories of a bloody December – Pakistan, Dawn, Pakistan, 18 February 2015, In the ensuing Bangladesh War of Independence, the Bangladesh Forces launched regular guerrilla attacks and ambush operations against Pakistani forces. Dhaka was struck with numerous air raids by the Indian Air Force in December.BOOK, Salik, Siddiq, 1997, Witness to Surrender, 984-05-1374-5, Dhaka witnessed the surrender of the west Pakistan forces in front of the Bangladesh-India Allied Forces on 16 December 1971 with the surrender of Pakistan.Jacob, Lt. Gen. JFR, Surrender at Dacca:Birth of a NationFile:Rajoshik.jpg|thumb|The Rajoshik sculpture, in front of the InterContinental DhakaInterContinental DhakaDhaka was declared the national capital by the Constituent Assembly of Bangladesh in 1972. The post-independence period witnessed rapid growth as Dhaka attracted migrant workers from across rural Bangladesh. 60% of population growth has been due to rural migrationweblink The city endured socialist unrest in the early 1970s, followed by a few years of martial law. The stock exchange and free market were restored in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, Dhaka saw the inauguration of the National Parliament House (which won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture), a new international airport and the Bangladesh National Museum. Bangladesh pioneered the formation of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and hosted its first summit in Dhaka in 1985weblink A mass uprising in 1990 led to the return of parliamentary democracy. Dhaka has hosted a trilateral summit between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in 1998weblink the summit of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation in 1999 and conferences of the Commonwealth, SAARC, the OIC and United Nations agencies during various years.In the 1990s and 2000s, Dhaka experienced improved economic growth and the emergence of affluent business districts and satellite towns.JOURNAL, Hossain, Shahadat, January 2008, Rapid Urban Growth and Poverty in Dhaka City,weblink Bangladesh e-Journal of Sociology, 5, 1, Between 1990 and 2005, the city's population doubled from 6 million to 12 millionweblink There has been increased foreign investment in the city, particularly in the financial and textile manufacturing sectors. But frequent hartals by political parties have greatly hampered the city's economyweblink The hartal rate declined since 2014. In some years, the city experienced a widespread flash flood during the monsoon.Dhaka is one of the fastest growing megacities in the worldweblink It is predicted to be one of the world's largest metropolises by 2025, along with Tokyo, Mexico City, Shanghai, Beijing and New York Cityweblink Dhaka remains one of the poorest megacities. Most of its population are rural migrants, including climate refugeesweblink Blue-collar workers are often housed in slums. Congestion is one of the most prominent features of modern Dhaka. In 2014, it was reported that only 7% of the city was covered by roadsweblink The first phase of the Dhaka Metro Rail is planned for opening in 2021, coinciding with the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence.

Geography

{{See also|Geography of Bangladesh}}File:Dhaka Krishnachura Blossoms.jpg|thumb|upright=1.35|left|Delonix regia trees blooming in Dhaka during the summer Sher-e-Bangla NagarSher-e-Bangla Nagar

Topography

File:Dhaka, Bangladesh.jpg|thumb|View of Dhaka from the International Space StationInternational Space StationDhaka is located in central Bangladesh at {{Coord|23|42|N|90|22|E|type:city_region:BD|display=inline}}, on the eastern banks of the Buriganga River. The city lies on the lower reaches of the Ganges Delta and covers a total area of {{convert|306.38|km2|sqmi}}. Tropical vegetation and moist soils characterize the land, which is flat and close to sea level. This leaves Dhaka susceptible to flooding during the monsoon seasons owing to heavy rainfall and cyclones.BOOK, Hough, Michael, Cities and natural process, Routledge, 2004, 64–65, 0-415-29855-5, Dhaka District is bounded by the districts of Gazipur, Tangail, Munshiganj, Rajbari, Narayanganj, Manikganj.

Climate

Under the Köppen climate classification, Dhaka has a tropical savanna climate. The city has a distinct monsoonal season, with an annual average temperature of {{convert|26|C|F|abbr=on}} and monthly means varying between {{convert|19|C|F|abbr=on}} in January and {{convert|29|C|F|abbr=on}} in May.WEB,weblink Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Dhaka, Bangladesh, 15 December 2008, weatherbase.com, Approximately 87% of the annual average rainfall of {{convert|2123|mm|in|abbr=off}} occurs between May and October. Increasing air and water pollution emanating from traffic congestion and industrial waste are serious problems affecting public health and the quality of life in the city. Water bodies and wetlands around Dhaka are facing destruction as these are being filled up to construct multi-storied buildings and other real estate developments. Coupled with pollution, such erosion of natural habitats threatens to destroy much of the regional biodiversity.NEWS, Mondal, M. Abdul Latif, 27 September 2006,weblink Our Cities: 15th Anniversary Special, The Daily Star, 27 September 2006,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070302043917weblink">weblink 2 March 2007, yes, Due to unregulated manufacturing of brick and other causes Dhaka is one of the most polluted world cities with very high levels of PM2.5 air pollution.NEWS, Sohara Mehroze Shachi, Bangladesh’s Air Pollution Problem Grows, Brick by Brick,weblink September 7, 2018, Undark, September 5, 2018, The kiln operations alone — while representing just 1 percent of the country’s GDP — generate nearly 60 percent of the particulate pollution in Dhaka, according to Bangladesh’s Department of Environment (DOE)., {{Weather box|location = Dhaka|metric first = Yes|single line = Yes|collapsed = yes|temperature colour =|Jan record high C = 31.1|Feb record high C = 34.4|Mar record high C = 40.6|Apr record high C = 42.2|May record high C = 41.1|Jun record high C = 36.7|Jul record high C = 35.0|Aug record high C = 36.1|Sep record high C = 36.7|Oct record high C = 37.2|Nov record high C = 34.4|Dec record high C = 30.6|year record high C = 42.2|Jan high C = 25.4|Feb high C = 28.1|Mar high C = 32.5|Apr high C = 33.7|May high C = 32.9|Jun high C = 32.1|Jul high C = 31.4|Aug high C = 31.6|Sep high C = 31.6|Oct high C = 31.6|Nov high C = 29.6|Dec high C = 26.4|year high C = 30.6|Jan mean C = 19.1|Feb mean C = 21.8|Mar mean C = 26.5|Apr mean C = 28.7|May mean C = 28.7|Jun mean C = 29.1|Jul mean C = 28.8|Aug mean C = 29.0|Sep mean C = 28.8|Oct mean C = 27.7|Nov mean C = 24.4|Dec mean C = 20.3|year mean C = 26.1|Jan low C = 12.7|Feb low C = 15.5|Mar low C = 20.4|Apr low C = 23.6|May low C = 24.5|Jun low C = 26.1|Jul low C = 26.2|Aug low C = 26.3|Sep low C = 25.9|Oct low C = 23.8|Nov low C = 19.2|Dec low C = 14.1|year low C = 21.5|Jan record low C = 6.1|Feb record low C = 6.7|Mar record low C = 10.6|Apr record low C = 16.7|May record low C = 14.4|Jun record low C = 19.4|Jul record low C = 21.1|Aug record low C = 21.7|Sep record low C = 21.1|Oct record low C = 17.2|Nov record low C = 11.1|Dec record low C = 7.2|year record low C = 6.1|precipitation colour = green|Jan precipitation mm = 7.7|Feb precipitation mm = 28.9|Mar precipitation mm = 65.8|Apr precipitation mm = 156.3|May precipitation mm = 339.4|Jun precipitation mm = 340.4|Jul precipitation mm = 373.1|Aug precipitation mm = 316.5|Sep precipitation mm = 300.4|Oct precipitation mm = 172.3|Nov precipitation mm = 34.4|Dec precipitation mm = 12.8|year precipitation mm = 2148.0|unit precipitation days =|Jan precipitation days = 2|Feb precipitation days = 3|Mar precipitation days = 5|Apr precipitation days = 10|May precipitation days = 15|Jun precipitation days = 14|Jul precipitation days = 17|Aug precipitation days = 16|Sep precipitation days = 13|Oct precipitation days = 7|Nov precipitation days = 2|Dec precipitation days = 1|year precipitation days =|Jan humidity = 71|Feb humidity = 64|Mar humidity = 62|Apr humidity = 71|May humidity = 76|Jun humidity = 82|Jul humidity = 83|Aug humidity = 82|Sep humidity = 83|Oct humidity = 78|Nov humidity = 73|Dec humidity = 73|year humidity =|Jan sun = 220.3|Feb sun = 225.3|Mar sun = 256.3|Apr sun = 237.8|May sun = 220.9|Jun sun = 142.2|Jul sun = 131.5|Aug sun = 140.6|Sep sun = 152.7|Oct sun = 228.6|Nov sun = 236.3|Dec sun = 242.6|year sun = 2435.1|source 1 = Bangladesh Meteorological DepartmentWEB,weblink Monthly Maximum Temperature, Bangladesh Meteorological Department, 26 April 2018, WEB,weblink Monthly Minimum Temperature, Bangladesh Meteorological Department, 26 April 2018, WEB,weblink Normal Monthly Rainfall, Bangladesh Meteorological Department, 26 April 2018, WEB,weblink Normal Monthly Rainy Day, Bangladesh Meteorological Department, 26 April 2018, WEB,weblink Normal Monthly Humidity, Bangladesh Meteorological Department, 26 April 2018, |source 2 = Sistema de Clasificación Bioclimática Mundial (extremes 1934–1994),HTTP://WWW.GLOBALBIOCLIMATICS.ORG/PDF/BA-DACCA.PDF > TITLE = BANGLADESH – DACCA
LANGUAGE = SPANISH, 23 February 2013, Deutscher Wetterdienst (sun, 1961–1990)WEB,weblink Station 41923 Dhaka, Global station data 1961–1990—Sunshine Duration, Deutscher Wetterdienst, 26 April 2018, Station ID for Dhaka is 41923|date=November 2012}}

Parks and greenery

There are many parks within Dhaka city, including Ramna Park, Suhrawardy Udyan, Shishu Park, National Botanical Garden, Baldha Garden, Chandrima Uddan, Gulshan Park and Dhaka Zoo. There are lakes within city, such as Crescent lake, Dhanmondi lake, Baridhara-Gulshan lake, Banani lake, Uttara lake and Hatirjheel-Begunbari lake.Hatirjheel-Begunbari, which was once a slum area, has turned into a new place of recreation for city dwellers. Hatirjheel covering {{convert|320|acres|0|abbr=on}} is transformed into a place of festivity at night but with serenity settling down. However, the parks and the recreation places are often crowded and lacks security and cleanliness aspects, which is yet one of the big issues.

Government

Capital city

File:Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban, Dhaka.jpg|thumb|The National Parliament House in Sher-e-Bangla NagarSher-e-Bangla NagarAs the capital of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Dhaka is the home to numerous state and diplomatic institutions. The Bangabhaban is the official residence and workplace of the President of Bangladesh, who is the ceremonial head of state under the constitution. The National Parliament House is located in the modernist capital complex designed by Louis Kahn in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. The Gonobhaban, the official residence of the Prime Minister, is situated on the north side of Parliament. The Prime Minister's Office is located in Tejgaon. Most ministries of the Government of Bangladesh are housed in the Bangladesh Secretariat.WEB,weblink List of Ministries and Divisions, 20 November 2016, cabinet.gov.bd, 27 November 2016, The Supreme Court, the Dhaka High Court and the Foreign Ministry are located in the Ramna area. The Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Planning are located in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. The Armed Forces Division of Bangladesh Government and Bangladesh Armed Forces headquarters are located in Dhaka Cantonment. Several important installations of Bangladesh Army are also situated in Dhaka and Mirpur Cantonments. Bangladesh Navy's principal administrative and logistics base BNS Haji Mohshin is located in Dhaka.WEB,weblink Navy Bases, Bangladesh Navy, 30 January 2017, Bangladesh Air Force maintains the BAF Bangabandhu Air Base and BAF Khademul Bashar Air Base in Dhaka.WEB, joinbangladeshairforce.mil.bd,weblink Locations of Bangladesh Air Force Bases, joinbangladeshairforce.mil.bd, 30 January 2017, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20170119095215weblink">weblink 19 January 2017, dmy-all, Dhaka hosts 54 resident embassies and high commissions and numerous international organizations. Most diplomatic missions are located in Gulshan and Baridhara area of the city. The Agargaon area near Parliament is home to the country offices of the United Nations, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank.

Civic administration

File:Nagar Bhaban.A.M.R.jpg|thumb|right|Nagar Bhaban ]]

History

Dhaka municipality was founded on 1 August 1864 and upgraded to "Metropolitan" status in 1978. In 1983, the Dhaka City Corporation(DCC) was created as a self-governing entity to govern Dhaka.NEWS,weblink Reminiscing Dhaka's Legacy, The Daily Star, 8 May 2015, Md Shahnawaz Khan Chandan, Under a new act in 1993, election was held in 1994 for the first elected Mayor of Dhaka.NEWS,weblink Mayor Hanif's death anniversary today, 28 November 2010, 12 February 2015, The Daily Star (Bangladesh), The Daily Star, The DCC ran the affairs of the city until November, 2011.NEWS, Don't split Dhaka, Khoka urges govt,weblink 12 September 2012, UNBConnect, 12 November 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120405174018weblink">weblink 5 April 2012, dmy-all,

Current Municipal Government

In 2011, Dhaka City Corporation was split into two separate corporations – Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation for ensuring better civic facilities.NEWS,weblink Dhaka set to split into two, The Daily Star, 18 October 2011, 12 February 2015, Hasan Jahid Tusher, These two corporations are headed by two two mayor, who are elected by direct vote of the citizen for a 5-year period. Area within city corporations divided into several wards, which each have an elected commissioner. In total the city has 130 wards and 725 mohallas.
  • RAJUK is responsible for coordinating urban development in Greater Dhaka area.WEB, Islam, Md Asraful, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha,weblink Banglapedia, 26 July 2015,
  • DMP is responsible for maintaining law & order within the metro area. It was established in 1976. DMP has 56 police stations as administrative units.WEB, History of the DMP,weblink Dhaka Metropolitan Police, 18 October 2013, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131019123329weblink">weblink 19 October 2013, dmy-all, WEB, DMP â€“ New Initiatives,weblink Dhaka Metropolitan Police, 30 September 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100916060427weblink">weblink 16 September 2010, yes,

Administrative agencies

Unlike other mega cities around the world, Dhaka is serviced by over two dozen government organizations under different ministries. Lack of co-ordination among them and centralization of all powers by the Government of Bangladesh, keeps the development and maintenance of the city in a chaotic situation.WEB,weblink What should we do for better civic services, 23 January 2016, 18 June 2016, {|class="wikitable sortable"
Ministry of Home Affairs (Bangladesh)>Ministry of Home Affairs âˆŸ Bangladesh Police
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha>RAJUK|Urban planning|Ministry of Housing and Public Works
Water Supply and Sewerage Authority>Dhaka WASA|Water supply|Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives âˆŸ Local Government Division

Economy

{{See also|Economy of Dhaka|Economy of Bangladesh|List of companies of Bangladesh|List of banks in Bangladesh}}(File:Paltan.jpg|thumb|right|Night view of Paltan area)File:Dhaka Nights (33855642096).jpg|thumb|Corporate Offices in Gulshan, Dhaka]]File:ORION Group constructed the highest building in the country City Centre.jpg|thumb|City Centre – currently the tallest building of Bangladesh, at MotijheelMotijheelThe Globalization and World Cities Research Network ranks Dhaka as a Beta- world city. The city is home to the country's monetary authority, the Bangladesh Bank, and the largest stock market, the Dhaka Stock Exchange. The central business district in Motijheel & Dilkusha is the largest in Bangladesh. Other emerging CBDs include Kawran Bazar, Paltan, Mohakhali, Gulshan, Bashundhara, Uttara and Banani. The city has a growing middle class, driving the market for modern consumer and luxury goods. Restaurants, shopping malls and luxury hotels continue to serve as vital elements in the city's economy. The city has historically attracted numerous migrant workers.WEB
, McGee
, Terry
, 27 September 2006
,weblink
, Urbanization Takes on New Dimensions in Asia's Population Giants
, Population Reference Bureau
, 27 September 2006
, yes
,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080214234539weblink">weblink
, 14 February 2008
, dmy-all
, Hawkers, peddlers, small shops, rickshaw transport, roadside vendors and stalls employ a large segment of the population – rickshaw-drivers alone number as many as 400,000.BOOK, Robert Cervero, Informal Transport in the Developing World, 39, UN-HABITAT, 2000, 92-1-131453-4, Half the workforce is employed in household and unorganised labour, while about 800,000 work in the textile industry. The unemployment rate in Dhaka was 23% in 2013.WEB, Dhaka City Corporation,weblink Dhaka City at a Glance, 1 December 2015weblink >archivedate=15 January 2013, yes, Dhaka has rising congestion and inadequate infrastructure; the national government has recently implemented a policy for rapid urbanization of surrounding areas and beyond by the introduction of a ten-year relief on income tax for new construction of facilities and buildings outside Dhaka.WEB,weblink Town planning for Bangladesh: Vision 2020, 8 November 2008, The Daily Star, 15 December 2008, Education, healthcare, engineering and consultancy services are major sectors of city's economy. Administrative and security services are also concentrated in the city.The technologically advanced Bangladeshi pharmaceutical industry is based in Dhaka. Textile manufacturing is the principal export generator, with billions of dollars in revenue made by factories within and around the city. Leather goods, vegetable oils, electronics and consumer goods are other manufacturing sectors found in Dhaka. The Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority's Dhaka EPZ in Savar is an important hub for foreign and local manufacturers. There are many industrial parks within suburbs of the city. The city is home to Bangladeshi banks, telecom companies, media companies and many of its largest conglomerates, including Square, Rahimafrooz, Pran-RFL Group, Beximco, Bashundhara Group, Transcom Group, Jamuna Group and Akij Group among others. The Dhaka-based Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the oldest chamber of commerce in Dhaka, having been established in 1904 in the Port of Narayanganj. The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry was established in 1958. The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI) is the apex chamber of commerce in both Dhaka and Bangladesh. The Bangladesh International Arbitration Center handles commercial disputes.The Port of Dhaka is one of the busiest river ports in the world. The Port of Pangaon has been developed to cater to ocean-going vessels from the Bay of Bengal. Dhaka hosts the headquarters of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation.

Demographics

{{See also|Demographics of Bangladesh}}(File:dhaka.ogg|thumb|right|NASA animation showing the urban growth of Dhaka from 1972 to 2001.)The city, in combination with localities forming the wider metropolitan area, is home to over 15 million {{as of|2013|lc=on}}.WEB, Newgeography.com,weblink Evolving Urban Form: Dhaka, 26 June 2013, The population is growing by an estimated 4.2% per year, one of the highest rates amongst the Asian cities. The continuing growth reflects ongoing migration from rural areas to the Dhaka urban region, which accounted for 60% of the city's growth in the 1960s and 1970s. More recently, the city's population has also grown with the expansion of city boundaries, a process that added more than a million people to the city in the 1980s. According to the Far Eastern Economic Review, Dhaka will be home to 25 million people by the end of 2025.WEB,weblink Planet of Slums by Mike Davis, Asia Times, 20 May 2006, 8 May 2010, File:Left side view of Hoseni Dalan.jpeg|thumb|left|Hussaini DalanHussaini DalanFile:Dhakeshwari temple main structure from side by Ragib Hasan.jpg|thumb|Dhakeshwari National TempleDhakeshwari National TempleFile:Dhaka, Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.JPG|thumb|left|St. Mary's Cathedral, DhakaSt. Mary's Cathedral, DhakaThe literacy rate in Dhaka is also increasing quickly. It was estimated at 69.2% in 2001. The literacy rate had gone up to 74.6% by 2011 which is significantly higher than the national average of 51.77%.WEB,weblink Statistical Yearbook of Bangladesh 2012, Page 35, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, 14 May 2015, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150807103320weblink">weblink 7 August 2015, dmy-all, The city population is composed of people from virtually every region of Bangladesh. The long-standing inhabitants of the old city are known as Dhakaite (ঢাকাইয়া) and have a distinctive dialect and culture. Dhaka is also home to large number of Bihari refugees, who are descendants of migrant Muslims from eastern India during 1947 and settled down in East Pakistan. The correct population of Biharis living in the city is ambiguous, but it is estimated that there are at least 300,000 Urdu-speakers in all of Bangladesh, mostly residing in refugee camps in Dhaka, although official figures estimates only 40,000.NEWS, Govt ready to offer nationality to Urdu-speaking people: Moni,weblink 12 April 2011, The Financial Express,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111104171314weblink">weblink 4 November 2011, WEB, Socio-economic Problems of the Urdu Speaking Residents at Mohammadpur,weblink Democracy Watch, 12 April 2011, WEB, Persoob, Tasmia, The Forgotten Community: Camp Based Urdu Speaking People in Bangladesh,weblink Jahangirnagar University, 12 April 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120322152732weblink">weblink 22 March 2012, yes, Between 15,000 and 20,000 of the Rohingya, Santal, Khasi, Garo, Chakma and Mandi tribal peoples reside in the city.WEB,weblink ::Our Cities::15th Anniversary Special, The Daily Star, 8 May 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070302043551weblink">weblink 2 March 2007, yes, Dhaka also has a large population of European, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Nepali, Burmese and Sri Lankan expatriates working in executive jobs in different industries.Bengali, the national language, is spoken by the predominant majority population of Dhaka. English is the principal second language and widely spoken by educated peoples. People of old part of the city speaks Kutti language, which is a Bengali-based Creole language with large amount of Persian, Arabic & Hindi-Urdu vocabulary. There is a minority Urdu-speaking Bihari population, who are descendants of migrant Muslims from eastern India.Islam is the dominant religion of the city, with 90% of the population being Muslim, and a majority belonging to the Sunni sect. There is also a small Shia sect, and an Ahmadiya community. Hinduism is the second-largest religion and comprises 8.2% of the population. Smaller segments practice Christianity and Buddhism.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="wayback.archive-it.org/all/20141113213203weblink">weblink yes, 13 November 2014, Population Census 2011: Dhaka Table C-13, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, PDF, 11 July 2014, dmy-all, The city also has Ismaili, Sikh, Hrishi & Bahá'í Faith communities.

Culture

Arts and festivals

(File:Horse-drawn carriage.jpg|thumb|left|Horse-drawn carriages still run in some parts of Dhaka)File:Shaheed Minar on 21st February.jpg|thumb|The Central Shaheed Minar on Language Movement DayLanguage Movement DayFile:Mongol Shobhajatra, Pohela Boishakh (06).jpg|thumb|Dhaka's annual Mangal Shobhajatra during the Bengali New Year is recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritageintangible cultural heritageAs the most populous city of Bangladesh, Dhaka has a vibrant cultural life. Annual celebrations for Independence Day (26 March), Language Martyrs' Day (21 February) and Victory Day (16 December) are prominently celebrated across the city. Dhaka's people congregate at the Shaheed Minar and the Jatiyo Smriti Soudho to remember the national heroes of the liberation war. These occasions are observed with public ceremonies and rallies in public grounds. Many schools and colleges organise fairs, festivals and concerts in which citizens from all levels of society participate.Pohela Baishakh, the Bengali New Year, falls annually on 14 April and is popularly celebrated across the city.WEB, Ahmed, Dr. Nizamuddin, 27 September 2006,weblink Happy 400th anniversary, Dhaka!, The Daily Star, 27 September 2006weblink >archivedate=2 March 2007 Pahela Falgun (, first day of Spring (season) of Bengali month Falgun, of the Bengali calendar, also celebrated in the city in a festive manner.POHELA FALGUN CELEBRATED NEWSPAPER=THE DAILY STAR Basanta Utsab (; Spring Festival). Nabanna is a celebration for harvest, usually celebrated with food and dance and music on the 1st day of the month of Agrahayan of Bengali year. Birthdays of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam are observed respectively as Rabindra Jayanti and Nazrul Jayanti. Ekushey Book Fair, which is arranged each year by Bangla Academy and takes place for the whole month of February. This event is dedicated to the martyrs who died on 21 February 1952 in a demonstration calling for the establishment of Bengali language as one of the state languages of former Historical regions of Pakistan>East Pakistan.Muslim festivals of Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha, Eid-E-Miladunnabi and Muharram; Hindu festivals of Durga Puja, Buddhist festival of Buddha Purnima; and Christian festival of Christmas witness widespread celebrations across the city.The most popular dressing style for women are sarees or salwar kameez, while men usually prefer western clothing to the traditional lungi with Panjabi. Jamdani saree of Dhaka is part of its cultural heritage, originate from the Mughal era. Jamdani sarees are 100% hand weaved and a single saree may take as long as 3 months to complete.JOURNAL
, Roy
, Tirthankar
, Out of Tradition: Master Artisans and Economic Change in Colonial India
, The Journal of Asian Studies
, 66
, 963–991
, Cambridge University Press
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, 10.1017/s002191180700126x,
Despite the growing popularity of music groups and rock bands, traditional folk music remains widely popular.BOOK, Thomas Angotti & Lothar Beckel, Mega Cities, 730, GEOSPACE Beckel Satellitenb, 2001, 3-85313-051-8, The works of the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and national anthem writer Rabindranath Tagore have a widespread following across Dhaka.BOOK, Alison Arnold, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The Indian Subcontinent, 858–859, Routledge, 1999, 0-8240-4946-2, The Baily Road area is known as Natak Para (Theatre Neighbourhood) which is the center of Dhaka's thriving theatre movement.BOOK, Ian Herbert & Nicole Leclercq, The World of Theatre, 12, Taylor & Francis, 2000, 0-415-23866-8, For much of recent history, Dhaka was characterized by roadside markets and small shops that sold a wide variety of goods.BOOK, Jeremy Seabrook, In the Cities of the South: Scenes from a Developing World, 221, Verso Books, 1996, 1-85984-081-7, Recent years have seen the widespread construction of shopping malls.BOOK, World and Its Peoples, 489, Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2008, 0-7614-7631-8, Two of the largest shopping malls in Dhaka and perhaps in the Indian subcontinent are Jamuna Future Park and Bashundhara City shopping mall.

Cuisines

File:Chowkbazar Dhaka.jpg|thumb|Iftar items being sold during Ramadan at Chowk BazaarChowk Bazaar{{See also|Bangladeshi cuisine}}Dhaka is reputed for its unique traditional festivities and food delicacies from way back. It hosts a wide-ranging menu of distinctive dishes many of which were introduced during the regime of Sultani and Mughal Period. Due to different ruling periods, the cuisine of Dhaka is versatile and with a rich culinary tradition.Like other parts of the country, everyday meals generally include plain steamed rice as staple food with fish, meat, vegetable curries and lentil soup is common accompaniment. Plain rice is often replaced by roti or parata. Curry is the most popular style of preparing dishes.But Old Dhaka area has its own unique food tradition, known as Dhakaite (ঢাকাইয়া) food. Old Dhaka is famous for its Morog (Chicken) Pulao" it is different from traditional biryani by using both turmeric and malai or cream of milk together.NEWS,weblink Treasures of Bangladeshi cuisine, 2017-02-24, The Daily Star, 2017-03-01, en, Famous dishes of Old Dhaka are kebabs, naans, bakharkhani, kachchi and pakki biryani, mutton bhuni kichuri, mutton tehari etc. Dhakai Bakarkhani is the traditional food or snack of the people of old Dhaka. It is famous for its quality and taste and it was highly praised by the royal court of the Mughal Empire in Delhi.BOOK, Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures : Cayenne-Kyoto: Cities and Cultures Around the World, 147, Grolier, 2002, 0-7172-5698-7, Along with Bangladeshi cuisine and South Asian variants, a large variety of Western and Chinese cuisine is served at numerous restaurants and eateries.NEWS, Lawson, Alistair, 1 June 2002,weblink Good times for bourgeois Bangladeshis, BBC News, 2 October 2006, Often many restaurants customize fusion dishes which blends foreign and local cuisines to meet local taste. Local and international fast food shops and chains serve burgers, fries and other readily available foods. Street foods like Burhani, Lassi and Phuchka are highly popular among locals and tourists. Chita Pitha/ছিটা পিঠা & Bhapha Pitha/ভাপা পিঠা, a type of easy cake, made from rice flour also popular as street food.Fast-food chains like A&W, Burger King, KFC, Nando's, Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn and Sbarro have opened up their outlets in major areas of the city. Dhaka's delicacies such as Biriani from Haji's, Nanna's and Fakhruddin, Dhaka Cheese, Star Kabab still remain popular for dine. The city has numerous venerable Bengali confectionery chains, including Banoful, Alauddin, Bikrampur Mishti Bhandar and ''Rashmela

Architecture

{{See also|List of tallest buildings in Dhaka}}Dhaka is home to over 2000 buildings built between the 16th and 19th centuries, which form an integral part of Dhaka's cultural heritage. Such as Binat Bibi Mosque, Lalbagh Fort, Ahsan Manzil, Tara Mosque, Chawk Mosque, Hussaini Dalan, Armenian Church, Curzon Hall, Dhaka Gate, Dhanmondi Shahi Eidgah, Rose Garden Palace, Choto Katra, Bara Katra, Dhakeshwari Temple, Swami Bagh Temple, Ramna Kali Mandir, Holy Rosary Church, Pogose School. There are still many colonial buildings at Dhaka Sadarghat, Armanitola, Farashganj areas of Old Dhaka. Binat Bibi Mosque was built in 1454 at Narinda area of Dhaka during the reign of the Sultan of Bengal, Nasiruddin Mahmud Shah (r. 1435 – 1459),WEB,weblink Binat Bibi Mosque, ArchNet Digital Library, 18 September 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060301041726weblink">weblink 1 March 2006, dmy-all, which is the oldest brick structure that still exists in the city.From Jahangirnagar to Dhaka by Faruque Hasan in The Daily Star Important landmark buildings constructed during British rule include Old Highcourt building, Bangabhaban, Curzon Hall and Mitford Hospital.Architect Louis I Kahn's acclaimed modernist National Capital Complex, based on the geography and heritage of Bengal, was inaugurated in Dhaka in 1982 as one of the largest legislative complexes in the world, comprising 200 acres (800,000 m²).BOOK, Ali, Meer Mobashsher, Rouf, Md Abdur, 2012, Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban,weblink Islam, Sirajul, Sirajul Islam, Jamal, Ahmed A., Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh, Second, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Designed by American architect Robert Boughey, Kamalapur railway station is another architectural marvel, which was constructed in the early 1960s and started its operation from 1969. Independence Monument () is a new landmark, which was built to commemorate the historical events that took place in the Suhrawardy Udyan during the Liberation War of Bangladesh.There are many museums in the city. Such as Ahsan Manzil, Bangladesh National Museum, Museum of Independence, Liberation War Museum, National Museum of Science and Technology (Bangladesh), Bangabandhu Memorial Museum etc.File:Ahsan Manzil - Dhaka.jpg|Ahsan ManzilFile:তারা মসজিদ, ২০১৭।.jpg|Star MosqueFile:চিত্র-২৩ ঐতিহাসিক সাত গম্বুজ মসজিদের সম্মুখভাগ.jpg|Sat Gambuj MosqueFile:Gate way of the South East corner of Lalbagh Fort 4.jpg|Gate way of Lalbagh FortFile:Curzon Hall - Northern Facade - University of Dhaka - Dhaka 2015-05-31 1992.JPG|Curzon HallFile:Bangabhaban.jpg|Bangabhaban presidential palaceFile:Dhanmondi Lake, Dhaka, BD.jpg|Dhanmondi lakeFile:Old High Court Building Dhaka Bangladesh.jpg|Old High Court BuildingFile:Mawlana Bhashani Novo Theater.JPG|Novo Theater PlanetariumFile:RAJUK (24015484900).jpg|RAJUK BhabanFile:যমুনা ফিউচার পার্ক বাহিরের ছবি । 10.JPG|Jamuna Future Park shopping mallFile:Rose Garden Old Dhaka.jpg|Rose Garden PalaceFile:Liberation War Museum,new building.jpg|Liberation War MuseumFile:Bangabandhu International Conference Center.jpg|Bangabandhu International Conference CenterFile:Westin hostel.jpg|High-rise hotel building at Gulshan

Media

(File:Bangladesh Television Bhaban at Rampura (02).jpg|thumb|Bangladesh Television Building in Dhaka)Dhaka is also the press, media and entertainment center of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Betar is the state-run primary provider of radio services, and broadcasts a variety of programming in Bengali and English. Radio transmission started in Dhaka on 16 December 1939. In recent years many private radio networks, especially FM radio services, have been established in the city such as Radio Foorti FM 88.0, Radio Aamar FM 88.4, ABC Radio FM 89.2, Radio Today FM 89.6, DhakaFM 90.4, Peoples Radio 91.6 FM, Radio Bhumi FM 92.8, City FM 96.0 etc. Bangladesh Television is the state-run broadcasting network that provides a wide variety of programmes in Bengali and English. It started broadcasting on 25 December 1964. It also operates a sister channel BTV World since 2004. Sangsad Bangladesh is another government-owned TV channel that broadcasts parliamentary activity of Bangladesh since 25 January 2011. Cable and satellite networks such as ATN Bangla, ATN News, Banglavision, Channel i, Channel 9, Ekushey Television, Gaan Bangla, Gazi Television, Independent TV, NTV, RTV and Somoy TV are amongst the most popular channels. The main offices of most publishing houses in Bangladesh are based in Dhaka. Dhaka is home to the largest Bangladeshi newspapers, including the leading Bengali dailies Prothom Alo, Ittefaq, Inqilab, Janakantha, Amar Desh and Jugantor. The leading English-language newspapers include The Daily Star, Dhaka Tribune, The Financial Express, The Independent and New Age.BOOK, John Simpson, The Traveler's Handbook, 195, Globe Pequot, 2006, 0-7627-4090-6,

Education

{{See also|Education in Bangladesh}}File:Auditorium - Teacher-Student Center - University of Dhaka - Dhaka 2015-05-31 2428.JPG|thumb|upright=1.35|The Teacher-Student Centre in Dhaka University, designed by Constantinos Apostolou DoxiadisConstantinos Apostolou DoxiadisDhaka has the largest number of schools, colleges and universities of any Bangladeshi city. The education system is divided into 5 levels: Primary (from grades 1 to 6), Junior (from grades 6 to 8), Secondary (from grades 9 to 10), Higher Secondary (from grades 11 to 12) and tertiary.BOOK, T. Neville Postlethwaite, The Encyclopedia of Comparative Education and National Systems of Education, 130, Pergamon Press, 1988, 0-08-030853-8, The five years of Primary education concludes with a Primary School Completion (PSC) Examination, the three years of Junior education concludes with Junior School Certificate (JSC) Examination, and next two years of Secondary education concludes with a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination. Students who pass this examination proceed to two years of Higher Secondary or intermediate training, which culminate in a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) Examination. Education is mainly offered in Bengali, but English is also widely taught and used. Many Muslim families send their children to attend part-time courses or even to pursue full-time religious education alongside other subjects, which is imparted in Bengali and Arabic in schools, colleges and madrasas.There are 52 universities in Dhaka. Dhaka College is the oldest institution for higher education in the city and among the earliest established in British India, founded in 1841. Since independence, Dhaka has seen the establishment of numerous public and private colleges and universities that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as a variety of doctoral programmes.BOOK, Growth of academic institutions, Kamal Siddiqui, Social Formation in Dhaka City: A Study in Third World Urban Sociology, 42, University Press Limited, Dhaka, 1990, University of Dhaka is the oldest public universityNEWS, Dhaka teachers on violence charge,weblink BBC News, 11 December 2007, 15 May 2008, in the country which has more than 30,000 students and 1,800 faculty staff. It was established in 1921 being the first university in the region. The university has 23 research centers and 70 departments, faculties and institutes.WEB, University of Dhaka.03710., 10 September 2006,weblink Univ. Facts, PHP, 10 September 2006,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060904074222weblink">weblink 4 September 2006, Eminent seats of higher education include Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Jagannath University and Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University. Dhaka Medical College and Sir Salimullah Medical College are two of the best medical colleges in the nation.BOOK, Muhammad Shamsul Huq, Higher Education and Employment in Bangladesh, 181, UNESCO, 1983, Founded in 1875, the Dhaka Medical School was the first medical school in Bangladesh (then British East Bengal), which became Sir Salimullah Medical College in 1962.{{citation|author=Shahida Alam|chapter=Mitford Hospital|chapter-url=http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Mitford_Hospitaleditor=Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal Asiatic Society of Bangladesh >year=2012 Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Armed Forces Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh>Armed Forces Medical College, Dhaka.Alongside public institutes of higher education there are some forty-five private universities in Dhaka. Bangladesh(see:List of universities in Bangladesh), most of which are located in Mohakhali, Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, Bashundhara, Uttara and Dhanmondi areas of the city.The British Council plays an important role helping students to achieve GCSE and A Level qualifications from examination boards in the United Kingdom. This is in addition to holding several examinations for professional bodies in the United Kingdom, including the UK medical Royal Colleges and Accountancy.

Sports

File:Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.jpg|thumb|right|Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur ]]Cricket and football are the two most popular sports in Dhaka and across the nation.BOOK, Bangladesh, The New Encyclopædia Britannica, Robert MacHenry, 717, Encyclopædia Britannica, 1993, 0-85229-571-5, Teams are fielded in intra-city and national competitions by many schools, colleges and private entities. The Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani are two of the most famous football and cricket teams, maintaining a fierce rivalry, especially in the Bangladesh Football Premier League.WEB,weblink Tasty derby drawn, Al Musabbir Sadi, The Daily Star, 17 June 2007, Dhaka Metropolis cricket team represents Dhaka city in the National Cricket League, a region-based domestic first-class cricket competition in Bangladesh. Dhaka Premier League is the only domestic List A cricket tournament now in Bangladesh. It gained List A status in 2013–14 season.ESPNCRICINFO >URL=HTTP://WWW.ESPNCRICINFO.COM/BANGLADESH/CONTENT/STORY/669635.HTML ACCESSDATE=30 JANUARY 2017, In domestic Twenty20 cricket, Dhaka has a BPL franchise known as Dhaka Dynamites.Dhaka has the distinction of having hosted the first official Test cricket match of the Pakistan cricket team in 1954 against India.NEWS, ESPNcricinfo, 7 September 2006,weblink Stadium, 26 May 2006, The Bangabandhu National Stadium was formerly the main venue for domestic and international cricket matches, but now exclusively hosts football matches. It was used during Pakistan colonial era for Test matches when no Bengalis were selected in team and a matting pitch was used. It hosted the opening ceremonyNEWS,weblink Cricket World Cup: Grand ceremony launches tournament, BBC, 17 February 2011, of the 2011 Cricket World Cup while the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, exclusively used for cricket, hosted 6 matches of the tournament including two quarter-final matches.NEWS, ESPNcricinfo,weblink ICC Cricket World Cup 2010/11 / Results, 20 June 2011, Dhaka has also hosted the South Asian Games three times, in 1985, 1993 and 2010. Dhaka is the first city to host the games three times. The Bangabandhu National Stadium was the main venue for all three editions.WEB,weblink 11th South Asian Games to start in January 2010, 21 March 2009, Dhaka also hosted the ICC World Twenty20, along with Chittagong and Sylhet, in 2014.The National Sports Council, responsible for promoting sports activities across the nation, is based in Dhaka. Dhaka also has stadiums largely used for domestic events such as the Bangladesh Army Stadium, the Bir Sherestha Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium, the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium and the Outer Stadium Ground.WEB, ESPNcricinfo,weblink Grounds – Bangladesh: Dhaka, 13 March 2008, The Dhaka University Ground and the BUET Sports Ground host many intercollegiate tournaments.BOOK, Muhammad Abdur Rahim, The History of the University of Dacca, 161, University of Dacca, 1981, They are also used as practice ground by different football clubs and visiting foreign national football teams.There are two golf courses in Dhaka. One is situated at Army Golf Club and another is situated at Kurmitola Golf Club.WEB, Bangladesh Golf Federation,weblink Bangladesh Golf Federation Member list, 30 January 2017,

Transport

Road

(File:Rickshaws everywhere.jpg|thumb|Cycle rickshaws are the most popular mode of transport in Dhaka)(File:BRTC double decker bus 03652.jpg|thumb|Double-decker bus of BRTC)Dhaka is connected to the other parts of the country through highway and railway links. Five of the eight major national highways of Bangladesh start from the city. They are- N1, N2, N3, N5 and N8. Dhaka is also directly connected to two longest routes of Asian Highway Network- AH1 and AH2, as well as to AH41 route. Highway links to the Indian cities of Kolkata, Agartala, Guwahati and Shillong have been established by the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) and private bus companies which also run regular international bus services to those cities from Dhaka.NEWS, 13 October 2003,weblink Passengers shun Dhaka-India bus, BBC News, 7 September 2006, Alastair, Lawson, WEB,weblink Details of Bus Services, hcidhaka.gov.in, yes,weblink 2 February 2017, dmy-all, An elevated expressway system is under construction.WEB,weblink No more push for PPP initiative, The Daily Star, 10 June 2011, The Dhaka Elevated Expressway would run from Shahjalal International Airport-Kuril-Banani-Mohakhali-Tejgaon-Saatrasta-Moghbazar Rail Crossing-Khilgaon-Kamalapur-Golapbagh to Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Kutubkhali Point. A longer second elevated expressway from Airport-Ashulia is currently undergoing feasibility study.WEB,weblink Govt plans to build 2nd expressway, daily-sun, 22 June 2011, There are 3 inter-district bus terminals in Dhaka, which are located at Mohakhali, Saidabad and Gabtoli area of the city.Dhaka suffers some of the worst traffic congestion in the world. The city lacks an organized public transport system. Construction of MRT and a BRT is currently going on to solve the problem. Cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws are the main mode of transport within metro area, with close to 400,000 rickshaws running each day: the highest number in any city in the world.NEWS, Lawson, Alastair, 10 May 2002,weblink Dhaka's beleaguered rickshaw wallahs, BBC News, 17 December 2008, NEWS
,weblink
, rickshaw: Dhaka
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, 17 December 2008
, yes
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, BOOK, Cervero, Robert, Robert Cervero, Informal Transport in the Developing World, UN Habitat, Nairobi,weblink 9211314534, en-US, NEWS, Menchetti, Peter, 24 March 2005,weblink Cycle Rickshaws in Dhaka, Bangladesh, PDF, Thesis for Amsterdam University, 15 April 2008, NEWS,weblink Dhaka, BBC News, 24 February 2009, 5 October 2002, Alastair, Lawson, NEWS, 20 July 1998,weblink Does Dhaka need rickshaws?, BBC News, 27 September 2006, However, only about 85,000 rickshaws are licensed by the city government.WEB, Rizanuzzaman Laskar,weblink Rickshaw pullers get licences, The Daily Star, 4 March 2007, Relatively low-cost and non-polluting cycle rickshaws, nevertheless, cause traffic congestion and have been banned from many parts of the city. The government has overseen the replacement of two-stroke engine auto rickshaws with "Green auto-rickshaws" locally called CNG auto-rickshaw or Baby-taxi, which run on compressed natural gas.BOOK, Rahman, Mushfiqur, Compressed Natural Gas, Islam, Sirajul, Sirajul Islam, Banglapedia: National encyclopedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, 984-32-0576-6, 17 January 2008,weblink 2003, 52727562, Public buses are operated by the state-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) and by numerous private companies and operators. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Pathao, Scooters, taxis and privately owned cars are rapidly becoming popular with the city's growing middle class. Limited numbers of Taxis are available. It is planned to raise the total number of taxis to 18,000 gradually.NEWS, 10 May 2013,weblink Govt to import 5,000 taxisThe Daily Star (Bangladesh)>The Daily Star, 15 May 2013, Uber has started mobile app based taxi service in the city, whereas few local companies operate motor-bike service.NEWS, 10 May 2013,weblink Uber taxis in DhakaThe Daily Star (Bangladesh)>The Daily Star, 27 November 2016, The Cabinet of Bangladesh has approved the draft of a guideline legalizing smartphone application-based ride-hailing services such as Uber and Pathao.NEWS, 15 January 2018,weblink Cabinet nods guideline draft legalizing Uber, Pathao, Dhaka Tribune, 11 September 2018,

Air

File:Biman Bangladesh Airlines S2-AFM (7850129206).jpg|thumb|Runway and apron area of the Shahjalal International Airport]]Shahjalal International Airport {{Airport codes|DAC|VGHS}}, located {{convert|15|km}} north of Dhaka city centre is the largest and busiest international airport in the country.BOOK, Alam, Jobair Bin, Air Transport, Islam, Sirajul, Sirajul Islam, Banglapedia: National encyclopedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, 984-32-0576-6, 17 January 2008,weblink 2003, 52727562, The airport has an area of {{convert|1981|acre}}. The airport has a capacity of handling 15 million passengers annually,NEWS, Byron, Rejaul Karim, New int'l airport to cost Tk 50,000cr,weblink 16 November 2011, The Daily Star, 28 August 2010, and is predicted by the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh to be enough until 2026.WEB, AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT HISTORY,weblink Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh, 16 November 2011, In 2014, it handled 6.1 million passengers, and 248,000 tonnes of cargo.NEWS, CAAB initiates efforts to expand and upgrade HSIA To build a new airport for Dhaka,weblink 21 July 2013, The Bangladesh Monitor, 1 April 2015, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150405130549weblink">weblink 5 April 2015, Average aircraft movement per day is around 190 flights.WEB,weblink Shahjalal airport set for upgrade in two months, 4 June 2015, It is the hub of all Bangladeshi airlines. Domestic service flies to Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Cox's Bazar, Jessore, Barisal, Saidpur and international services fly to major cities in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.WEB, Biman's Destination: International Destinations, Biman Bangladesh Airlines,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130701060706weblink">weblink 1 July 2013, yes, WEB, Dhaka – Zia International Airport (DAC), World Executive, OE Interactive,weblink

Rail

{{See also|Dhaka Metro Rail}}File:Bangladesh Railway, Komlapur Railway Station.jpg|thumb|Trains in the Kamalapur railway stationKamalapur railway stationKamalapur railway station is the largest and busiest among the railway stations in the city. Designed by American architect Robert Boughey, the railway station situated in the north-east side of Motijheel, was established in the early 1960s and started its operation from 1969.WEB,weblink Dhaka, Ershad Ahmed, blogspot.com, 2014-02-18, The station is the largest in the country and also one of the most modern and striking buildings in Dhaka. The state-owned Bangladesh Railway provides suburban and national services,BOOK, Marika McAdam, Bangladesh, 66, Lonely Planet, 2004, 1-74059-280-8, and the Maitree Express international service to Kolkata. Regular express train services connect Dhaka with major cities of Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Rangpur.In 2013, suburban services to Narayanganj and Gazipur cities were upgraded using diesel electric multiple unit trains.NEWS, 24 April 2013,weblink PM inaugurates Dhaka-Narayanganj DEMU train, Bdnews24.com, 1 May 2013, NEWS
, 24 April 2013
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, The Dhaka Metro Rail feasibility study has been completed. A {{convert|20.1|km}}, $1.7 Billion Phase 1, metro route is being negotiated by the Government with Japan International Cooperation Agency. The first route will start from Uttara, northern suburb of Dhaka to Sayedabad, southern section of Dhaka.WEB,weblink Muhith to sit with armed forces to resolve metro rail site dispute, thefinancialexpress, 25 June 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150402195318weblink">weblink 2 April 2015, dmy-all, The route consists of 16 elevated stations each of 180m long. Construction began on 26 June 2016.WEB,weblink PM opens work on metro, BRT, The Daily Star, 27 June 2016, 25 July 2016,

Waterways

The Sadarghat River Port on the banks of the Buriganga River serves for the transport of goods and passengers upriver and to other ports in Bangladesh.BOOK, Dhaka, Asian Highway Handbook, 28, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Publications, 2005, 92-1-120170-5, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific., Inter-city and inter-district motor vessels and passenger-ferry services are used by many people to travel riverine regions of the country from the city. Water bus services are available on Buriganga River and Hatirjheel and Gulshan lakes. Water buses of Buriganga River ferry passengers on Sadarghat to Gabtali route.WEB,weblink Waterbus service launched on Sadarghat-Gabtali river route, Bangladesh Business News, 28 August 2010, Water taxis in Hatirjheel and Gulshan lakes provide connectivity via two routes, one route between Tejgaon and Gulshan, another route between Tejgaon and Rampura areas.WEB,weblink Water taxi services on Dhaka’s Hatirjheel ‘from Victory Day’, bdnews24, 6 December 2016,

Twin towns and sister cities

  • {{flagicon|China}} Guangzhou
  • {{flagicon|USA}} New YorkWEB,weblink NYC's Partner Cities, The City of New York, March 26, 2015, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130814165415weblink">weblink August 14, 2013,

See also

References

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Further reading

{{See also|Timeline of Dhaka#Bibliography|l1=Bibliography of the history of Dhaka}}
  • BOOK, Dhaka -past present future, Sharuf Uddin Ahmed, The Asiatic Society, Dhaka, 1991, 984-512-335-X,
  • BOOK, Karim, Abdul, History of Bengal, Mughal Period (I), Rajshahi, 1992,
  • BOOK, Pryer, Jane, Poverty and Vulnerability in Dhaka Slums: The Urban Livelihood Study, Ashgate Publishing, 0-7546-1864-1, 2003, {{OCLC, 123337526, {{OCLC|243482310}} {{OCLC|50334244}} {{OCLC|50939515}}}}
  • BOOK, Rabbani, Golam, 1997, Dhaka, from Mughal outpost to metropolis, University Press, Dhaka, 984-05-1374-5,
  • BOOK, Sarkar, Sir Jadunath, History of Bengal (II), Dhaka, 1948,
  • BOOK, Taifoor, S.M., Glimpses of Old Dacca, Dhaka, 1956,

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