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There was a pearl-diving and fishing community at the mouth of Dubai Creek for many centuries, but modern Dubai dates its existence to the 1830s when the Bani Yas tribe under the Al-Maktoum family settled there and renounced allegiance to Abu Dhabi. Successive sheikhs encouraged contacts with outsiders, especially the British, who made Dubai a regular port of call.

Dubai became one of the Trucial States in 1853. It joined the UAE on December 2, 1971. It has since become a large and modern city, with an estimated population of close to a million in 2004.

Dubai has since become an important tourist destination and is diversifying as an important hub for service based industries such as IT. The government has set up enclaves for industry specific corporations. Dubai Internet City is one such enclave and houses IT companies such as Oracle, Microsoft and IBM.

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Middle EastUnited Arab Emirates971 - 4 220VDirham (UAE)