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Dubai Geography


Geography Of Dubai

Dubai geography is highlighted by Dubai's location on the North-Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Dubai is the largest of all United Arab Emirates and together all the separate Emirates form of one united country. If you are to look further at the geography of Dubai, you will notice that the Dubai borders along a number of countries.

Neighbours of Dubai

The southern and western borders of the United Arab Emirates (including Dubai) are shared with Saudi Arabia which is the largest geographic neighbour of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

The northern and eastern borders of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are shared with a much smaller gulf country which is the Sultanate of Oman.

Geographic Borders of Dubai

If one looks at the United Arab Emirates and Dubai geography by using a map then one can measure the length of the borders which Dubai and the United Arab Emirates share with neighbouring Oman and Saudi Arabia.

The length of the borders between Oman and the United Arab Emirates is just over 400 kilometres and the border between Saudi Arabia and Dubai and the U.A.E is just over 457 kilometres.

Dubai Coastline

One of the most important aspects of the geography of Dubai and that of the United Arab Emirates is that it enjoys the benefits of being located along two different waters.

The United Arab Emirates is located along both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman towards the North-East. The United Arab Emirates however also borders another important waterway which many tourists seem for forget which is the ever so important waterway known as the Strait of Hormuz.

Dubai Georgraphic Co-ordinates

The Dubai geography co-ordinates (and that of the United Arab Emirates) are as follows:

  • 24 00 North
  • 54 00 East

    Dubai, as mentioned previously, is not in fact a country but it is part of the United Arab Emirates which unifies all seven different Emirates into one unifying nation.

    Different United Arab Emirates

    The seven different United Arab Emirates are as follows: ;
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Ajman
  • Dubai
  • Fujairah
  • Ras Al Khamaih
  • Sharjah
  • Umm Al Quwain

    Before the creation of the United Arab Emirates, all seven Emirates were operating as individual Sheikhdoms and each Sheikhdom was rules by it's very own Sheikh.

    Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates which combined measure a total of 83.650 square kilometres. The largest United Arab Emirate lies towards the north of Dubai and this Emirate is Abu Dhabi.

    Dubai geography is blessed with an extremely long coastline filled with beautiful white sandy beaches. The United Arab Emirates offers visitors over 1300 kilometres of coastline.

    Dubai Arabian Gulf

    Another positive part of the geography of Dubai and that of the United Arab Emirates is that a large number of lovely small islands are located in the Arabian Gulf with most of these islands remaining untouched as they remain unpopulated.

    Dubai Coral Reefs

    Beautiful coral reefs are found extensively along the coast of the Arabian Gulf which remain untouched and unspoiled.

    Divers from all over the world are flocking to this region of the world as the quality of the coral reefs is rather unique.

    Dubai Sabkha

    The Dubai geography of the land that can be found away from the coastal regions is characterised by large gravel plains and salt flats. The salt flats are known in Dubai as Sabkha.

    The geography of Dubai is best known for desert and salt flats which determine most the landscape in Dubai.

    Mountains in Dubai

    There is however also a mountain range which is located in the eastern regions of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates near the Sultanate of Oman.

    The mountain range is known in Dubai as mountains of rock and the mountain are called officially the Hajar Mountains. Hajar means rock in Arabic.

    The vast majority of the lands found in the western section of the United Arab Emirates are part of the largest Emirate.

    Empty Quarter Desert - Rub Al Khali

    Abu Dhabi consists for the most of the well known Empty Quarter desert. This desert is also known by its local name which is the Rub Al Khali desert

    Rub Al Khali can best be described a stark and arid desert. An oasis can be found inside this dry desert on occasion and local herdsmen do use these extensively.

    The Empty Quarter desert offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the region. Amazing sand dunes can be found in this region of the United Arab Emirates.It is not uncommon to find beautiful san dunes that reach up to 250 meters or more.

    The Rub Al Khali desert occupies around 25% of the Arabian Peninsula and has been named the largest of all sand deserts to be found anywhere in the world.
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