Dubai is the capital of the emirate and was named after it. In December 1971, the emirate united with Abu Dhabi and the other emirates to form the United Arab Emirates. Until then, the emirates were British protectorates.
The emirate is made up of various other municipalities and villages. The inland exclave of Hatta is located about 134 km east of Dubai City. It is bordering Oman to the east and south, the village of Sayh Mudayrah in Ajman to the west, and Ras al-Khaimah to the north.