Dubai is the second-largest of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It accounts for about 30 per cent of the UAE's GDP. Dubai includes the enclave of Hatta, among the Hajar Mountains close to Oman. The city centre is located along a creek, a natural harbour, the nucleus of its traditional trading industry.From a pearling and fishing town, its economy was transformed into the leading trading port and tourism destination in the southern Gulf. Today, it's a skyscraper city and is home to the world's tallest freestanding structure, the Burj Khalifa. Besides tourism and trade, Dubai is also a logistics hub and is considered a gateway between the East and the West. It recently won the right to host the Expo 2020, further cementing Dubai’s status as a destination of the 21st century. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the current ruler of Dubai, is also the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister....
Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia
Coordinates: 24.9500°N, 55.3333°E
Area: 3,980 sq km
Climate: Desert, cooler in the Hajar mountains (Hatta)
Terrain: Flat, coastal plain merging into rolling sand dunes of desert arid land; mountains in the east
Population: 2,213,845 (Dubai Statistics Centre, 2013 data)
Government: Federal Government (UAE)
GDP: Dh325.1 billion (US$88 billion) for 2013 , Dh311 for 2012
GDP growth (annual %): 6.1% in 2014 (est.), 4.6% in 2013
GDP per capita (current US$): 46,455 (DSC, 2014 est.)
Non-Oil GDP at constant prices: Dh294.6 billion (2011), Dh306.7 billion (2012)
International Airports: 2
Dubai International (one of the world’s busiest) and Al Maktoum International
International sea ports: 2
Jebel Ali, Mina Rashid
Rail: 74.6 km (Red and Green lines)
Dubai Metro is a driverless, fully automated metro rail network.
Net oil revenues: Dh3.9 billion (2013), from Dh2.8 billion in 2010
Proven oil reserves (billion barrels): 4
Production (1,000 b/d): 410 (1991); 80 (2007)
Crude is produced by cluster of Arabian Gulf fields discovered in the 1960s and 1970s. Gas ("condensate") is produced by Margham gas field.
The fifth oil field, called Al Jalila, was discovered in 2010 close to Rashid Field.
Dubai Petroleum announced in 2014 that it has identified significant volumes of gas in its T-02 deep gas exploration well in Fateh field (first discovered in 1996).
- Gulf News research