The Geography of Dubai

Where is Dubai? It’s in the Middle East. Looking at a map you’ll see the boot-like shape which is mainly made up of Saudi Arabia, with Oman where the toes would be and Yemen at the heel. The United Arab Emirates, including Dubai, is where you’d find the bootlaces! The UAE is mainly situated along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf across the water from Iran. It also splits Oman into two parts and reaches the coast to the East which is on the Gulf of Oman.

Where is Dubai? It’s situated along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. It is roughly just 16 meters or 52 feet above sea level and covers an area of around 4,110 square kilometers. A City and an Emirate – Dubai itself is both a city and one of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The city of Dubai is the main city within, and the capital of, the Emirate of Dubai.

An Ideal Location – The UAE is strategically located between Europe and Asia, and thanks to Abu Dhabi is blessed with one of the largest oil reserves in the world. Thanks to its tax-free status, excellent business and living environments, state-of-the-art communications, and great entertainment facilities it has become a favored choice for settlement by millions of people from around the world. It’s a regular stop-off point on both flights and cruises from Europe and the US to the Far East and Australasia.

The UAE is classed as a country and its overall capital is Abu Dhabi. It has a federal government run by the Supreme Council of the UAE. However, the Emirs or rulers of each of the seven emirates are sovereign within their emirates.

Dubai is considered the second most important and is the second largest emirate, but now has only minimal oil reserves left. Dubai city is the second most important city in the UAE and the ruler of Dubai, currently, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, is therefore traditionally the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.

The other five Emirates making up the UAE are Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, and Ajman and their emirs also hold positions on the UAE’s Supreme Council.

Bold and brash Dubai is like the rich young kid who throws his energy into anything new, exciting, extravagant, and forward-thinking, whilst the infinitely wealthier parent, Abu Dhabi, which is also developing at a phenomenal rate, is more sedate and refined, but doing its best, more conservatively, to keep up with its young offspring.

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