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Iran sanctions: Pressure on Dubai

31 July 2010 Last updated at 16:53 BST

Dubai has always been a major trading partner with Iran. Goods are shipped to Dubai from all over the world before being re-exported to Iran on smaller, local boats.

But pressure is mounting on Dubai to cut off this vital trade route, leaving many businesses struggling to stay afloat - and forcing others to turn to the black market instead.

Ben Thompson looks at Dubai's role on the new frontline of sanctions on Iran.