Emirate of Dubai
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Independence from UK||2 December 1971|
|o Type||Absolute monarchy|
|o Emir||Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum|
|o Crown Prince||Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum|
|o Total||3,885 km2 (1,500 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+4 (UAE standard time)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+4|
|Nominal GDP||2015 estimate|
|Total||USD 105 billion|
|Per capita||USD 44,000|
The capital of the emirate is the eponymous city, Dubai. It is located in the Arabian Desert on the coast of the Persian Gulf. It is bordered to the south by the emirate of Abu Dhabi, to the northeast by the emirate of Sharjah, to the southeast by the country of Oman, to the west by the emirate of Ajman, and to the north by the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. In December 1971, the emirates united to form the United Arab Emirates, thus ending their status as British Protectorates.
The emirate is made up of various other municipalities and villages. The inland exclave of Hatta is located about 134 km east of Dubai City. It is bordered by Oman to the east and south, the villages of Sayh Mudayrah and Masfout in Ajman to the west, and Ras Al Khaimah to the north.