emir·​ate | \ ˈe-mə-rət How to pronounce emirate (audio) , -ˌrāt\

Definition of emirate

: the state or jurisdiction of an emir

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The slump has been most pronounced in the emirate’s splashiest projects. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Property Prices Tumble in Dubai," 12 Feb. 2019 The Riyadh-Moscow relationship is a key reason behind Qatar’s surprise exit from OPEC after 57 years with the cartel, an official in the emirate said. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Saudi-Russia Ties Raise Concerns Among OPEC Members," 4 Dec. 2018 Here, a guide to where to grab a friend or partner and get a few drinks in the emirate. Dylan Essertier, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Dubai," 27 Feb. 2018 Under particular scrutiny are businesses in the emirate of Dubai, which was a conduit for trade with Iran in the past. Ian Talley, WSJ, "After Iran Sanctions, U.S. Faces a Huge Task: Compliance," 6 Nov. 2018 The emirate hasn’t sold debt since 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Bloomberg.com, "Dubai's Credit Risk Falls Below 100 as It Sheds Bad Boy Image," 1 Mar. 2018 Revenues from future exports will not turn the country into a flashy Gulf emirate. The Economist, "Egypt is optimistic about new gas discoveries in the Mediterranean," 5 July 2018 Qatari police officers in national dress, wearing crisscrossing bandoliers, patrol some areas of Doha on horseback, a nod to a time before Qatar’s vast natural gas wealth when rifle-carrying cavalry defended the emirate. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: A year into boycott, few signs of crisis in Qatar," 5 June 2018 There are good reasons for this: The federation of seven emirates is hampered by high temperatures, a lack of arable land, salty soil, and steep production costs. Rabiya Jaffery, The Christian Science Monitor, "UAE tries vertical farming to produce food with little water," 10 May 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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: the country or position of an emir

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