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The city of Dubai is the main city of the emirate of Dubai. The city is sometimes called "Dubai City" to prevent it from being mixed up with the emirate.
There are records of the town of Dubai from 1799. The city was a dependent of Abu Dhabi until 1833. The town of Dubai was an important port of call for foreign tradesmen (chiefly Indians), who settled in the town. Until the 1930s, the town was known for its pearls.