Dubai is on the Asian continent. It is located in the United Arab Emirates, which is a country on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
The area in which Dubai lies is often called "the Middle East" because it lies closer to Europe than the Far East, which includes China, Korea and Japan, and the Arabian Peninsula is adjacent to Africa. Because of its central location on the trade routes between Asia, Europe and Africa, Dubai has been an important port city since the beginning of the 20th century. Dubai is a wealthy nation due to its trade income and oil discovered offshore in the 1960s.