Dubai, Unique Emirate in the Persian Gulf
Located on the Persian Gulf, Dubai becomes the second largest emirate in United Arab Emirates. The capital of Dubai emirate is called Dubai City, to keep the difference between it and the emirate.
Dubai is situated at 55° 16′ 48″ East and 25° 15′ 8″ North from Geographical Coordinates side and 16 m or 52 ft above sea level. It covers an area of 4,114 km² (1,588 mi²), which means a significant expansion beyond its initial 1,500 mi² designation due to land reclamation from the sea, which contained some famous man-made islands (the Three Palms) and Dubai Waterfront.
Dubai gets the first rank in population from other cities in United Arab Emirates. Being its neighbor Sharjah in the northeast, Abu Dhabi in the south and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast.
A written document shows that this city has been built since 150 years ago. From the geography point of view, this emirate is awesome by its creek which divided the emirate into two regions. This creek is also artificial, built by 9.5 natural inlet from the Persian Gulf. It was built because there are no oases in Dubai. This creek has been dredged to let it have large vessels for the ship to pass through.
There is a place called Deira in the north of this creek, and also Abu Dhabi in the south which becomes one of interesting tourist site in Dubai. Dubai also has some gorges and waterholes which highlight the base of the Western Al Hajar Mountains.
Much of southern Dubai is a vast sea of sand dunes and leads into the desert known as The Empty Quarter. Dubai is in a very stable zone— the Zagros Fault as the nearest seismic fault line, is still 200 km (124.27 mi) from the United Arab Emirates and seems have no any seismic impact on Dubai. This emirate also predicted by the experts has the minimal possibility of tsunami because the Persian Gulf waters are not deep enough to trigger a tsunami.
Dubai is located in the middle of Arabian Desert but, however, it has unique topography compared with other emirates in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The sand in it consists of clean and white crushed shell and coral. The salt-crusted coastal plains called Sabkha outspread at the east of the city and overall Dubai’s landscape is covered by sandy desert with grave deserts in the southern region of the county.
The sandy desert surrounding the city supports occasional date palms and wild grasses. Many indigenous trees such as neem and the date palm as well as imported trees like the eucalypts grow in Dubai’s natural parks. Alongside the border of Dubai with Oman at Hatta, there is a flat sandy desert which gives away to Hajar Mountains in the west.
Due to the city’s unique geographical location it has a strategic position which allows the people to go easily to all local Gulf States, as well as to South Asia and East Africa.