DUBAI is situated on the northeast coast of the United Arab Emirates and is roughly at sea level (16 m above). The emirate of Dubai shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast. Dubai refers to either: one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates in the North mid part of the Arabian Peninsula , or that emirate’s main city, sometimes called “Dubai City” to distinguish it from the emirate.
Dubai has the largest population and is the second largest emirate by area, after Abu Dhabi. Revenues from Petroleum and Natural Gas contribute to less than 3% of Dubai’s US$ 46 billion economy (2006). A majority of the emirate’s revenues are from the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ) and, increasingly, from tourism and other service businesses.With enormous construction and development in various industries, Dubai has attracted world-wide attention through innovative real estate projects, sports events and conferences.
The Dubai International Airport, the hub for Emirates Airlines, services the city of Dubai and other emirates in the country. Dubai is the superyacht hub of the Persian Gulf. The Dubai Boat Show is held in April each year and new marina facilities are being continually constructed.