Dubai is the second among the seven emirates in terms of area, and its founding dates back to 1833 when nearly eight hundred people from the Bani Yas tribe, led by Al Maktoum, settled at the creek area, which divides the city into two parts: Deira and Bur Dubai.
Dubai’s economy mainly depends on the sectors of trade, services, finance, and tourism. The emirate is distinguished by its cultural diversity, and its iconic landmarks, and receives millions of visitors from all over the world every year.
Dubai is the second in the seven emirates in terms of area, which is estimated at 4,114 square kilometers, which constitutes 5% of the country’s area, excluding the islands.
Dubai is distinguished by its cultural diversity and is known for being a cosmopolitan society that coexists with a way of life familiar to all.
According to 2019 estimates, the population of the Emirate of Dubai reached about 3,355,900 people, with 2,331,800 males and 1,024,100 females .
The high percentage of males in relation to the number of females is due to the fact that the higher percentage of expatriate workers is males who do not bring their family members with them.
According to the estimates of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Center for the year 2010, the number of Emirati citizens in the Emirate of Dubai reached 168,029 people, with 84,245 males and 83,784 females.
You can monitor the population on a daily basis through the population clock on the Dubai Statistics website.
Location and geography
Dubai is located on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Gulf, with a length of about 72 km, and is bordered by Abu Dhabi to the south, and Sharjah to the northeast. Dubai rises about 16 meters (52 feet) above sea level.
The Emirate of Dubai belongs to the mountainous Hatta region, which is approximately 100 km away on the border with the Sultanate of Oman.
Dubai is the capital of the emirate and is divided into two parts by a watery bay called Dubai Creek. The southern section is called Bur Dubai, and the northern section is called Deira.
Dubai has many sandy beaches on the western side, tropical mangroves on the eastern side of the creek, and many deserts in the interior, in addition to wadis in the Hatta region.
Dubai has emerged as a leading global destination in the world of business and finance, and has enhanced its reputation as one of the leading economies in the region and the world due to the diversity of its sources. Its strategic geographic location was distinguished by being a link for the trade movement linking the East and West of the world.
In the past, Dubai Creek was a natural harbor for the region, which later led to the emergence of Dubai as a center for fishing, pearling and trade. By the beginning of the twentieth century, Dubai had become a popular port and the market in the Deira side was the largest in the coastal area.
With the discovery of oil in 1966, Dubai experienced rapid growth and lifestyle changes. The emirate began exporting oil in 1969, which was followed by radical economic developments during the following three decades, which brought Dubai to what it is today in terms of development and prosperity.
Dubai was the first in the world to establish Islamic banks with the opening of the Dubai Islamic Bank in the seventies, and the Dubai Financial Market, the first exchange platform compliant with the provisions of Islamic law.
In the eighties and early nineties, Dubai made an early strategic decision to work towards becoming a global tourist destination, which was achieved through huge investments in the tourism sector.
Dubai has emerged over the past few years as a center for a number of growing and thriving activities such as meetings, conferences, and exhibitions, in addition to being the headquarters of regional and international shipping companies, shipping companies, insurance companies, banks and financial services companies, among others.
Dubai’s economy today is no longer dependent on oil, as it is diversified and mainly based on the sectors of trade, services, and finance, and enjoys a competitive cost and a high standard of living. More than 120 shipping lines connect through 85 airlines to more than 130 global destinations, serving this economy.
In 2013, Dubai was chosen to host the World Expo from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, when more than 180 countries and millions of visitors from around the world will gather on its soil.
In 2014, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021 , which aims to elevate Dubai to become a global destination in various respects, and one of the top five centers for trade, financial and logistics services, and tourism.
The emirate ‘s gross domestic product amounted to about 338 billion dirhams in 2014, and the total volume of Dubai’s international trade has grown on average by more than 11% annually since 1988.
Dubai includes a wide range of scenes and events, and each of the two sections of Dubai, which is in the middle of the Dubai Creek, has its share of mosques, crowded markets, modern shopping centers, and other attractions. Visitors can use the abras on journeys that extend for hours to Ras Al Khor and the Al Maktoum Bridge, passing through many of the city’s historical and modern scenes.
Dubai is characterized by the presence of many world-class hotels, modern architecture, entertainment and dining venues, in addition to sporting events.
The Burj Al Arab Hotel is one of the most luxurious seven-star hotels in the world
Visitors can also see many things, including rugged mountains, sand dunes, extended sandy beaches, gardens, and attend various events and activities such as desert exploration trips, a shopping festival and others.
The founding of Dubai dates back to 1833 when nearly eight hundred people belonging to the Bani Yas tribe, led by Al Maktoum, settled in the Al Khor region, and who have ruled Dubai since that time.
The late ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who ruled from 1958 to 1990, led the emirate with clear foresight. This policy played a driving role in the development wheel in Dubai, which brought it to what it is today.
His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum worked hand in hand with the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to achieve the dream of unity, which became a reality by announcing the establishment of the United Arab Emirates in 1971.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum assumed the mandate of government in the Emirate of Dubai on January 4, 2006, after the departure of his brother Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who took over the rule of Dubai after the death of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in November 1990.
Under the leadership of His Highness, Dubai has become one of the most prominent and developed cities in the world.