Dubai is located along the Arabian Gulf with a coast of about 72 km length . the Emirate of Dubai covers an area of 3885 square kilometers , equivalent to 5% of the total area of the UAE , without the islands belonging to it . The population of Dubai is around 1.4 million people.
Despite the rapid economic development , that Dubai witnessed over the past few years , it remained tied to its heritage and became known as a global community in the pattern of co-existence in a way of life accepted by everybody , while at the same time , the own culture is deeply rooted in the Islamic traditions of the Arab world and history .
Dubai City is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai . The Emirate is divided by the Dubai Creek in two parts : Bur Dubai is the southern part , where the Ruler’s Court is located . It is the center of the official activities and most of the companies and banks main offices and custom-authorities as well as the Port Rashid .
The northern part of Dubai is called "Deira" : the center of business and tourism . It is the location of shops , markets , schools , hotels , clubs and the Dubai International Airport .
The Jebel Ali area is considered as one of the most important industrial and commercial areas in the UAE , with the largest free zone in the Gulf area . It is the location of the Dry-Dock , the port of Jebel Ali and the Dubai Aluminum factory . The most important tourism areas in Dubai are Hatta , Aweer and Khawaneej .
Dubai has a beautiful man-made island in the shape of a palm tree , and a number of first-class hotels , that widely satisfy needs and meet expectations of guests , visitors , tourists and business people . Burj Al-Arab , which is one of the unique hotels in the world is located next to the island , as well as Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) the highest building in the world .
In addition to the traditional markets , there are many modern shopping malls , which are distributed throughout the city , where all the famous brands can be found at reasonable prices . The Dubai Shopping Festival , which is held annually, has become an internationally recognized event and venue , where people gather from all over the world to take advantage of the competitive prices , draws , shows and promotions .