Where is Dubai?

Where is Dubai located? What country is Dubai in? Is Dubai a country?

There is no denying that Dubai is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in the world and has successfully organized Expo 2020. However, it’s interesting to note that many people still ask these questions about the city as there are still many misconceptions about it. It is generally believed that many Americans and Europeans have incorrect information about the city, so most are misled to think that Dubai is a country.

In addition to that, many people mistakenly think that Dubai is part of Saudi Arabia or located on the Asia continent, but the truth is that Dubai has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia or any Asian country, but rather, it is a separate city within the UAE that lies on the Middle East continent.

I have prepared this post to provide you with all the details you need about Dubai.

Where Is Dubai On The World Map?

Geographically, Dubai is a desert city that is located within the United Arab Emirates. The UAE has borders with Saudi Arabia (South & West), Oman (East & Northeast) and Qatar and shares a border with these countries. Having said that, the border between Qatar and the UAE is not yet clearly outlined.

Dubai on map

Where is Dubai Located?

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is not the capital of the UAE, it is just one of the emirates (cities) bordering on Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, as well as connecting with Oman (Hatta border). In 1973, the United Arab Emirates was founded when the seven emirates came to an agreement and decided to merge and form a single nation. Prior to 1973, they were independent states that fought each other. All of these territories came together in 1973 and formed the United Arab Emirates, which now consists of Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Ajman, and Umm Al Quwain, making Abu Dhabi the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

What is Dubai known for?

There was a time when Dubai was an empty desert, but in the modern age it has become a paradise for tourists. In contrast to other cities in the Middle East such as Abu Dhabi, which is well known for its oil production, Dubai is known for holding a number of records in the tourism and hospital sectors that are unsurpassed in the world.  The city of Dubai has set outstanding records in every field, whether it’s the tallest building in the world, the biggest shopping mall in the world, an immense 7-star hotel, or the world’s largest flower garden. In addition to that, Dubai is also described as the Vegas of the Middle East and as the city of gold as it has one of the most famous gold markets in the world called the Gold Souk, which also hosts the biggest ring in the world totaling 64 kilograms, making it one of the most famous places in Dubai.

Who Lives In Dubai?

It is also quite surprising to learn that only 11 percent of the UAE’s population consists of local Arab citizens, and that the rest are expats, which makes up the vast majority of the population. It is estimated that 21% of UAE residents hail from Pakistan, 42% from India. There are over 240,000 British and 40,000 American expats living in the UAE. Besides people of many different nationalities living here, a very high percentage of these people are Other Arabs, African, Canadian, European, and Filipino in origin.

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What’s the currency of Dubai?

Officially, the dirham is an official currency of Dubai. It is represented by the symbol AED (which stands for Arabic Emirates Dirham) but it can also be represented by DH or Dirham. In United Arab Emirates, most hotels and restaurants accept a variety of currencies as cash or credit cards for payment, such as the British Pound, Euro, United States Dollar, plus other major currencies as well.

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Who’s the King of Dubai?

At the moment, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the king of Dubai and has been in power for many years. As well as being the vice-president of the UAE and the prime minister, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the person largely responsible for Dubai’s success. Having been born on July 15 1949 in Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is responsible for the success of Dubai today. Unlike other kings, he has a strong vision. He has a soft heart towards not just Islamic traditions, but also non-Islamic traditions as well. He holds a rank of wealthier than most Muslim princes. According to the Forbis 2009 report, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum is worth $6 billion.

What Language is Spoken in Dubai ?

Even though Arabic is the official language in Dubai, English is widely spoken here, making it unique among Middle Eastern cities. In the airport and metro, announcements are made both in Arabic and English. Signs are also available in both languages, so you will not encounter any communication problems if you only speak English. There are also many languages spoken by expats in Dubai such as Urdu, Hindi, African, and Filipino.

Is Dubai Safe for Tourists?

Yes, Dubai is one of the safest cities on the planet. If it’s not safest why it’s getting a continually top position in tourist destinations? Even solo women can travel safely there.  Although the UAE is a Muslim country, Dubai is very far from traditional Islamic rules. Here, the rules are not as strict as in other Emirates. Being a modern city, Dubai welcomes tourists from all over the world and has tourist-friendly rules. You can wear a bikini in certain places, and non-Muslims can drink alcohol. No one dares to take your pictures unless you allow him to do so. However, unlike in western cities, the practice of public affection is STRICTLY prohibited. You can’t love or kiss in public places. The best time to visit Dubai is from October to April.

Is Dubai Visa on Arrival?

UAE’s visa policy has changed in recent months and there have been a number of new rules introduced to the visa policy over the past few months. However, citizens of many countries can still enter the UAE with a visa on arrival. This includes passport holders from western, British, North and South American countries. This is provided that their passports are valid for more than six months and that their visit will not be longer than one month.

Is Dubai Expensive to Live?

Although Dubai is widely regarded as one of the world’s most expensive cities, there is no definitive answer to the question. As compared to New York City, Dubai has a cost of living that is 39% cheaper than New York City, and as compared to London, Dubai has a cost of living that is 35% cheaper than London’s to maintain the same standard of living.

Dubai Weather by Month

Average Temperatures Chance of Rain Crowds Overall Grade
January 19 °C/66°F Low Busy ?February 20
0°C/68°F Low Busy ?March 23
23°C/73°F Low Medium April 26
26°C/79°F Low Medium May 31
31°C/88°F No chance Medium ?
June 33°C/91°F No chance Calm ?
July 35°C/95°F No chance Calm ?
August 36°C/97°F No chance Calm ?
September 33°C/91°F No chance Calm October 29
29°C/84°F Low Medium November 25
25°C/77°F Low Medium December 21
21°C/70°F Low Busy Festiva ?


How many airports are in Dubai?

In Dubai, there are currently two international airports that are open to the public: Dubai International Airport (DXB), which has three terminals numbered 1, 2, and 3, and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).

What is the Dubai Area Code?

In terms of telephone numbers, the UAE country code is 971 and the landline code is 42 for Dubai in terms of cellphones. Etisalat and Du are two of the most popular mobile networks in the UAE, so the code may vary depending on the network.

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I hope now you’ve cleared your misconceptions about Dubai. If you want to ask something, ask me in Comments.

Updated on 15 Sept 2023. 

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