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Where Is Dubai and What is it Like?

Updated on June 30, 2011
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Marian (aka Azure11) lived in Dubai for 7 years and now travels over there once or twice a year for business and pleasure.

Where is Dubai?

When the idea of moving to Dubai was put to me in 2004 I have to admit that I had no idea where Dubai was! If you had given me a map I would not have been able to pick out Dubai on it without some help. I think that there are probably a lot of people who have now heard much about Dubai but still do not know where in the world Dubai is located.

There are also some misconceptions held about Dubai that, because it is in the Middle East, it is part of a whole network of Middle East states that have draconian laws against women and are anti-westerners - well this is not true. Although it is a Muslim country, it is certainly not as strict as places like Saudi Arabia, and is far from the borders of more troubled areas like Syria, Lebanon etc.

Dubai is still developing but is a busy and vibrant city.
Dubai is still developing but is a busy and vibrant city.

Dubai Is A Modern and Vibrant Place

Well although Dubai is in the Middle East - it is one of the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates - it has developed rapidly over the past 25 or so years from what was essentially a desert, to become a modern and vibrant business and travel hub which welcomes all nationalities as tourists or as expatriates in the country. In fact, around 80% of the population is made up on non-locals or expats. Many of these are from Asia and form part of the large, mainly low paid, construction work force. But there are also large number of white collar workers from a wide variety of countries including a large population of Europeans, South Africans, Australasians and Americans.

It has in Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world as it is perfectly placed as a hub for travel around the world.

If you are planning to visit Dubai and are wondering where is Dubai? then I can highly recommend it as a holiday destination as long as you know how to behave when you get there! There are pristine beaches, top class hotels, an old town with historical attractions as well as being built in a huge desert where you can go for camel rides and desert drives.

Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates
Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates

Where is Dubai? - Map of Dubai

So if you are looking at a map then head towards the big piece of earth that looks like a boot, just to the right of Africa! Most of this land mass is Saudi Arabia and at the foot of the boot is Yemen at the heel and Oman at the toe end. Just on top of Oman is the United Arab Emirates.

Together with Dubai the other Emirates are Abu Dhabi, Umm Al Quwain, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah, Ajman and Fujairah. They are known as Emirates because they are ruled by Emirs. The current ruler of Dubai is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum who is very popular with the residents as he has been the instigator of a lot of the radical development of Dubai and putting Dubai on the world map.

Dubai Satellite Map


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