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Is Dubai in Asia?

Last Updated 17/03/2022.

Yes, Dubai is in Asia, but it’s also a part of the Middle East which could also be considered part of Africa. Dubai is not a country, it is a city and emirate in a country called the United Arab Emirates, this country is in the Middle East and this is a transcontinental region, ie. it lies in both Asia and Africa. This post answers the question, where is Dubai?

Where is Dubai? Dubai Marina
Where is Dubai? This is Dubai Marina, a constructed area north of Jebel Ali beach, south of Jumeirah Beach. “The Beach” and The Dubai wheel “Ain Dubai”, are adjacent.

Transcontinental countries also exist. Turkey lies between Europe and Asia, as does Russia (Eurasia), but the United Arab Emirates is not considered a transcontinental country, only the region.

The Middle East, is transcontinental.

Dubai is in Asia

Some countries in the Middle East, for instance, Egypt, seemingly lie squarely in Africa, but Egypt (correctly called The Arab Republic of Egypt) is also transcontinental. Egypt is a part of both Africa and Asia.

Some people believe Dubai is in Saudia Arabia, it is not.

Dubai is not in India either.

It is very much in the country of The United Arab Emirates which is in the Southeast of the Arabian Peninsula.

A beach scene in Dubai. Dubai has beaches, cities, deserts, and an old town with cultural attractions and souks. Traditional dress is common for most men and women in Dubai, western clothing is also common.

Dubai is Not a Country

Dubai on a map in the middle east
Map showing Dubai and the Middle East. The country Dubai is in, The United Arab Emirates, is the small country in red. Saudi Arabia and Africa are to the west. Oman is to the south, Iran and Pakistan are to the east.

Dubai is not a country, it is a city in a country called the UAE or United Arab Emirates.

The UAE, sometimes abbreviated to “The Emirates” is a very small country and has borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Dubai is also an Emirate, it is one of seven Emirates that make up the UAE.

Dubai’s coastline and tourist beaches are on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

Dubai has a strong economy but, interestingly, its wealth is not oil-based, it comes more from business.

The Emirates That Make Up the United Arab Emirates

Burj Al Arab on the beach Dubai Emirate
The Burj Al Arab, Just one of Dubai’s iconic buildings. This luxury hotel is on the beach in the Emirate of Dubai. The city of Dubai has many famous hotels and is a popular tourist destination.

UAE was initially a federation of six emirates, namely Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al-Quwain, and Fujairah. Emirate seven, Ras Al Khaimah joined in 1972.

The capital city of the UAE is Abu Dhabi which can be easily reached from the city of Dubai by road.

We have information on getting from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Is Dubai a Country?

Dubai is not a country. Dubai is an emirate, one of the emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is the country in which you can find Dubai city.

Dubai is in the Middle East, which is a part of Asia. It is in southwest Asia.

What is UAE?

UAE stands for the United Arab Emirates. The UAE, also known as The Emirates, is a country in the Middle East, in western Asia. The UAE’s capital is Abu Dhabi. The most well known, and most populous city in the UAE, is Dubai. The UAE is an elective monarchy comprising seven individual emirates.

These are Dubai, Fujairah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. Each emirate has its own Sheikh and these leaders form a Supreme Council.

One of these Sheikhs serves as president of the country of the UAE.

Which Time Zone is Dubai In?

Dubai’s time zone is Gulf Standard Time, which is GMT+4. This means that if you’re standing in London at noon, the Dubai time should be 4pm in Dubai. (Depending on the time of year, the UK keeps British Summer Time with clocks going forward in spring, back 1 hour in fall.)

Gulf Standard Time is usually 9 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5). So if it’s noon in New York, it should be 9pm in Dubai. (Again, depending on daylight saving).

Dubai reportedly does not have a seasonal clock changing or daylight saving time, EST does. Please double-check my maths and this info as Dubai did keep daylight saving previously.

Putting Dubai in Categories

As we run a travel blog that is divided into categories by country or region, you will find Dubai in multiple categories on this website.

If you’re looking for our Dubai content, we list it under Asia, the Middle East, and the specific category of Dubai.

We have a post on Old Dubai, this area of Dubai lies on Dubai Creek and is possibly our favourite part of Dubai. Dubai’s souks are near The Creek too and are interesting to explore.

Dubai’s surrounding desert is a great place to take camel safaris and take the 4×4 dune bashing safaris that Dubai is famous for.

We choose this approach because so many travellers visit Dubai city in isolation and never explore more of the UAE. There are also a lot of people who think Dubai is a country.

If you’re looking for more information on Dubai, attractions, and travel in Dubai, see our full Dubai travel blog or our Dubai travel index and guide.

Gail Becker

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Egypt is not the Middle East, it is Africa! We are sick of people trying to take our northern African countries! Egypt has always been an African country!

Alyson for World Travel Family

Monday 16th of May 2022

Sorry, check a map, it's most certainly an intercontinental country. Or check any encyclopedia or knowledgeable tome. But this post is about Dubai.

Romy

Sunday 27th of March 2022

Dubai is NOT in Africa. Not remotely. Not even close. What a stupid blog. The only country with contested land that is both the Middle East and Africa, is Egypt.

Alyson for World Travel Family

Thursday 31st of March 2022

Nobody said it was in Africa Romy. Not sure what you're on about. If you read the post again, correctly, you may find your "stupid" comment was aimed at the wrong person. Charming to meet you, you sound like a lovely person.

James Muyanga

Monday 3rd of January 2022

I would like to get to Dubai for a job

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