Emirate is the second largest

DUBAI -- The United Arab Emirates lay at the northeastern part of the Arabian Peninsular, bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the south and west and the Sultanate of Oman to the east and north. It has a coastline on both the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf and is south of the strategically important Strait of Hormuz.

The total area of the country is approximately 30,000 square miles, much of which lies in the Abu Dhabi Emirate. With an area of 1,500 square miles, Dubai is the second-largest emirate.

Situated on the banks of the Dubai Creek, a natural inlet from the Gulf that divides the city into the Deira district to its north and Bur Dubai to its south, the city ranks as the UAE's most important port and commercial center.

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