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.