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The outer suburbs of Dhaka are a large semi-rural and industrial area in the north and east of the Bangladesh capital. Uttara, in the north, is home to the major entry point for most visitors to the country, Shahjalal International Airport. In the east, urbanisation has not occurred due to the frequent flooding that happens on a yearly basis. The thanas (districts) here are still defined as part of the Dhaka Metropolitan Area, as their western edges are now the site of new suburbs and developments.