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Dubai, often called Dubayy, is the city and capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the wealthiest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates federation which was formed in 1971 following the country's independence from the United Kingdom. There are various ideas as to where the name Dubai came from. One interpretation links it to the daba, a sort of locust that infests the area, while another believes it relates to a market that once thrived near the city. Dubai has been likened to Singapore and Hong Kong in recent years, and it is widely considered the Middle East's leading business center with the area of 13.5 square miles (35 square km).