The Dhaka Bangladesh Region is in the north of the country, with the Ganges River forming its southern boundary. Assam is to the north, West Bengal is to the west and the Chittagong Region is to its east.
The region is home to Dhaka, the nation’s capital city. It is the largest Muslim metropolitan area in the world and is projected to top 25 million people by 2025. Dhaka is also known as “rickshaw city” because it is home to some 400,000 rickshaws. Foreign investment is fueling an improved transportation and business infrastructure. However, a growth rate approaching five percent per year has resulted in a city with slums amid high-rise offices and shopping malls.
Many of Dhakha’s middle-class residents are escaping the congestion and pollution of the capital city by moving to rapidly growing suburbs like this one.
With more than half of the country’s population under age 15, the direction of Bangladesh’s youth will determine the future of this dynamic nation.
Although only 45,000 drivers hold official rickshaw licenses in the capital city of Dhakha, there are upwards of 400,000 rickshaws crammed into its streets.