1. an emirate in the NE United Arab Emirates, on the Persian Gulf.
  2. a seaport in and the capital of the emirate of Dubai.
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  1. a sheikhdom in the NE United Arab Emirates, consisting principally of the port of Dubai, on the Persian Gulf: oilfields. Pop: 1 026 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for dubai


Gulf coast emirate, of uncertain origin.

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