The Emirates sit in the Arabian desert that is dotted with oases like that of Al-Ain. The cities are however extremely built up, with Dubai being the most urban, closely followed by Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE (United Arab Emirates). Although Abu Dhabi is the capital of the Emirates, Dubai is the most famous of the seven emirates due to its impressively fast, some might say rash, and brash development over the last 10 years.
Dubai is situated on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates and is roughly at sea level. The emirate of Dubai shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast. Hatta, a minor exclave of the emirate, is surrounded on three sides by Oman and by the emirates of Ajman (in the west) and Ras Al Khaimah (in the north). The Persian Gulf borders the western coast of the emirate. Dubai covers an area of 1,588sq mi, which includes its expansion due to land reclamation from the sea - an extra 88sq mi were added to its original area.
The UAE is composed of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, the capital, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
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