GEOGRAPHY- NOT JUST DESERTS
Dubai forms the second largest part of the U.A.E., along with Abu Dhabi which is the largest. The smaller places like Fujairah, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah complete the Emirates as we know it today. It lies in between Oman and Saudi Arabia, bordering on the Gulf of Oman, in the North eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. To the east lie the Hajar Mountains that spread from the Mussandan Peninsula in the North, through the East Coast right upto Oman.
To the South is the Empty Quarter or the Rub al Khali, which consists of sand dunes, huge stretches of desert dotted by the rare oasis. This massive desert, being the largest in the world, also runs in to Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The coastline of this country is dotted with coral reefs and many small uninhabited islands.
Dubai is a sharp contrast between huge, dry deserts, sand dunes and oases on one hand and towering skyscrapers and citylights on the other. Surprisingly lush in parts, due to the ‘greening’ programme being carried out by the government, palm trees and a small variety of flora and fauna make Dubai a very pretty as well as an exciting place to visit or even reside in.