Maps of the UAE
With all the change that is going on, getting an accurate map of any city in the UAE is a hard task. A map of Dubai, for example would be out of date as soon as it is produced, with new regions being built on. Similarly a map of Abu Dhabi that was produced a few years ago wouldn't have any of the information about Yas Island on it - which makes it useless. Well, we can do our best to get the best maps available on line. Offline, you should consider purchasing one of the guides produced by the Explorer.
We are not cartographers so we have scouted through all the maps available to recommend to you the best ones on Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
You'll get people mentioning the UAE is on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Well, over here they call it the Arabian Gulf, due to a dispute over some land. Either way, the UAE borders Saudi Arabia and Oman and is close to both Iran and Qatar. Back in the day its location was crucial as commercial port, and to some extent still is.
To understand where the UAE is, here are a couple of sites worth checking out:
In the context of the Middle East and the world, Worldatlas and Theodora show how that the UAE is intersection between Europe, Asia and Africa, while the Emirates Network shows the boundaries of the various emirates and how large the emirate of Abu Dhabi is to the rest. Meanwhile, The University of Texas at Austin provides a collection of UAE maps giving size comparisons, population densities etc.
Distances from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
Here are some rough estimates of distances between the main cities in the UAE including the distance from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. While they do not determine exact driving distance, they give you a little perspective on how far each of the emirates are from each other. It obviously does not give any perspective of the traffic and how long it would take! For example the commuter belt from Sharjah to Dubai should take maybe 25 minutes with no traffic, but during rush hour, depending on where you work, you would be lucky to make it within two hours. Also, Abu Dhabi to Dubai is roughly an hour and a half, but once you hit traffic on entry to Dubai, you could be spending another hour or even more bumper to bumper.