In the 1820s, Dubai was referred to as Al Wasl by British historians. Some believe that the word Dubai may have come from the word Daba (a derivative of Yadub, which means to creep); referring to the slow flow of Dubai Creek between Deira and Burdubai.
Dubai has the largest population with the second-largest land territory by area of all the emirates, after Abu Dhabi.
The number of people living in the emirate of Dubai rose to 1.77 million from 1.65 million at the end of 2008, according to the statistics made by the Dubai Statistics Centre.
About 90 per cent of Dubai's population is made up of expatriates.
Dubai was estimated to be more than 3,900 square kilometers in land area. Researched by: Aurelio Dino Magkasi