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Dubai, widely known as the Pearl of the Persian Gulf, is one of the seven emirates and the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. The Dubai Municipality is the economic center of UAE. The official language of Dubai is Arabic, and English is the dominant language of business.

Shanghai and Dubai officially entered into sister-city relationship on 30 May 2000. Since then, the two cities have exchanged high-level visits and developed friendly ties in such areas as trade, urban construction and culture.