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Ahal Province, Turkmenistan, Central Asia

Ahal welaýaty
latitude: 38.788, longitude: 58.623
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Ahal Province is a province in Turkmenistan, Central Asia at latitude 38°47′16.80″ North, longitude 58°37′22.80″ East.

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Notes on Ahal Province

The capital of Ahal Province is Änew, called Аннау (Annau) in Russian and most commonly called that name out of habit even by Turkmen speakers. Ahal Province surrounds the Turkmen capital city, Ashgabat, but Ashgabat is not part of Ahal Province.

Prior to 1988, this province was named Ashkhabad oblast' (Ашхабадская область) with its capital in the city of Ashkhabad, today's Ashgabat. This oblast' was abolished from 1988 to 1992. From 1988 to 1991 the area was subordinated directly to the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic and from 1991 to 1992 the independent Turkmenistan government. From 1992 on, the capital city Ashgabat became a separate administrative unit equal in status to a province, and the capital of the newly reconstituted province, now named Ahal Province (Turkmen: Ahal welaýaty), was shifted to Änew.

New Administrative Center

See main article New Administrative Center for Ahal Province

In October 2018 the Cabinet of Ministers reviewed proposals for creation of a new administrative center for Ahal Province, to be located south of Gorjaw, north of the village of Aba Annayew, and east of Gökdere ýoly, at approximately N 38.0612, E 58.0566.[1][2][3]

Satellite imagery dating to late 2020 indiçates that the new administrative center is under construction. When complete, it will become the capital of Ahal Province, and Änew will lose that status.

Administrative Subdivisions

See also Districts in Turkmenistan and Turkmenistan Geoname Changes

Effective January 5, 2018, Ahal Province (Ahal welaýaty) is subdivided into 7 districts (etrap, plural etraplar):[4][5]

  1. Ak Bugdaý
  2. Babadaýhan
  3. Bäherden (previously Baharly)
  4. Gökdepe
  5. Kaka
  6. Sarahs
  7. Tejen

As of January 1, 2017, the province includes 8 cities (города or şäherler), 9 towns (посёлки or şäherçeler), 89 rural or village councils (сельские советы or geňeşlikler), and 235 villages (села, сельские населенные пункты or obalar).[5] Two cities in Ahal hold the status of "city equivalent to a district":

  1. Tejen
  2. Kaka

As of May 2013 Ruhabat District and the city of Abadan (today called Büzmeýin), until then in Ahal Province, were incorporated into the city of Ashgabat. In January 2018, Babadaýhan District of Ahal Province was established, and the Kaka, Tejen, Sarahs Provinces were reaffirmed. In the same decree, Baharly's former name, Bäherden, was restored, and the Altyn Asyr District was abolished. Curiously, the 5 January 2018 list of administrative subdivisions continues to list Ruhabat etraby, however, despite its transfer to Ashgabat in 2013 and eventual abolition.

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