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Where is Dubai?
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates located on the north-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Abu Dhabi on the south, Sharjah on the north-east, and the Sultanate of Oman on the south-east.

How big is Dubai?
Dubai is the second-largest city in the United Arab Emirates afer Abu Dhabi; it covers an area of 1,588.4 square miles. the Emirate has a population of 2,262,000.

What are the ethnic groups in Dubai?
The majority of the population of Dubai is constituted by expatriates mainly of Asian origin. The Asian group consists of people from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. There is also a sizeable Somali community. The median age in the emirate is about twenty-seven years.

Who are the political leaders of Dubai?
The city of Dubai has a constitutional monarchy.
Ruler - Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Crown Prince - Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

What is the official currency used in Dubai?
The dirham denoted by the ISO 4217 code AED is the official currency of Dubai. It is normally abbreviated as DH or Dhs. The dirham is subdivided into 100 fils. It was adopted as the national currency in December 1971, replacing the Qatar and Dubai riyal.

What is the official language of Dubai?
Arabic is the official language of Dubai but English is the most commonly spoken language; it serves as the lingua franca of the city. Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Tagalog, Persian, and Chinese are also spoken.

What is the official religion of Dubai?
Islam is the official and dominant religion of Dubai. There are also a few followers of Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and the Bahai faith.

What is the economy of Dubai like?
Dubai is a global city with tourism, real estate, and financial services being the major sectors of the economy. The city has large reserves of oil and petroleum. Recently, it has launched many large construction projects that draw a number of laborers to the city. India, Switzerland, United States, Iran, Iraq, and China are the major trading partners. Tourism plays an important role in the economy; the city is home to many shopping malls that attracts shopaholics from all across the globe. Dubai is known as the "shopping capital of the Middle East".

What are the famous places in Dubai?
Dubai is one of the leading tourist destination in the world. Modern sky-scrapers, magnificent architectural buildings, luxurious hotels, and shopping malls invite a million of tourists to the city. Palm Islands, Jumeirah Beach, the Dragon Mart, Dubai Museum, Burj al Arab, and Burj Khalifa are some of the major attractions. The Burj Al Arab is a magnificent hotel built on an artificial island; it stands at a height of 280 meters. Dubai boasts of having the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa at a height of 829.84 meters.

When is the national day of Dubai celebrated?
The national day of Dubai is celebrated on the 2nd of December. On this day in 1971, Dubai gained independence from the United Kingdom.

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