Dhaka, one of the oldest cities of Southeast Asia, is the capital of Bangladesh. This is an ancient city with rich history, heritage and culture. As the center point of all political, social, cultural and economic activities of Bangladesh, Dhaka is a thriving mega metropolis with 18 million populations. During the regime of Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1608, Dhaka became the capital of Bengal and acted as the playground of sub-continental political movement to get independence from the colonial role. In 1971 Dhaka achieved the glory of becoming the capital of independent Bangladesh under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Dhaka is transforming into a modern megacity with the great leadership of the honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Dhaka is famous for the identity as the City of Mosque. Since the earliest times, many mosques have been established in Dhaka, which still exist and bear the testimony to the glorious history of the past. At present, innumerable number of mosques with aesthetic design has made the identity stronger. Dhaka is a vibrant and performing city with its rich culture, living heritage and the innate hospitality of the local people.
Considering the role of Bangladesh and the importance of Dhaka in overall development of the Muslim Ummah, the city was declared OIC City of Tourism at the 10th Conference of OIC Tourism Ministers held in Dhaka in 2018. The celebration event of this recognition is also going take place in Dhaka from 11 July to 12 July 2019.