Dubai: Country and Foreign Investment
The Emirate of Dubai is a rhomboid piece of land with 72 kilometres of coast and an area of 3,885 square kilometres, which is 5% of the country's total area. At more than 2.6 million, however, the emirate has about 35% of the UAE’s population. This is overwhelmingly concentrated in the city of Dubai, which is in the north of the emirate. Immediately to the north-east are the cities and emirates of Sharjah and Ajman. To the south-west is the city of Jebel Ali, with its new, state-of-the art international airport. Inland there are only a few towns, the largest of which is Al Haba. Most of the rest of the emirate is rolling sand dunes, rising to foothills of the arid Hajar (‘Stone’) mountains in the east.
Dubai city is built along the edge of a narrow 10-kilometre long, winding creek which divides the southern section of Bur Dubai, the city's heart, from the northern area of Deira. The ruler's office, together with many head offices of major companies, Port Rashid, the Dubai World Trade Centre, customs, broadcasting stations and the postal authority are all in Bur Dubai.
Jebel Ali, home of a huge man-made port, has the largest free-trade zone on the Arabian peninsula, housing an ever-growing list of international corporations which use the zone for both manufacturing and as a redistribution point.
Inland, the mountain resort town of Hatta is an extremely attractive location. Adjacent to a lake reservoir, the Hatta Fort Hotel is set in extensive parkland and provides a perfect base for exploring the nearby wadis and mountains, which extend into Omani territory.