United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is a fairy-tale country. It is divided in 7 emirates, each rules by their own sheikh. It has an unbelievable infrastructure and gigantic skyscrapers. The turquoise water and white sandy beaches attract more than 15 million tourists per year. The UAE is a paradise for shopping lovers as the biggest mall in the world is there. United Arab Emirates is the country, the real miracle in the desert, that continues endlessly to impress and delight. The UAE has a numerous of appealing destinations for tourists. Among them are the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Bastakia (Old Dubai), Jumeirah Mosque, and the Dubai Aquarium. SafeAround has compiled information from multiple sources to make sure you have a pleasant and safe voyage!

SAFETY INDEX

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Is the UAE a Safe or Dangerous Country?

UAE is the 31st safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. Violent crime is low and most tourists will never face any safety concern. The most common is risk pickpocketing. There have been incidents of drink spiking in places frequented by visitors, but it is relatively rare. UAE authorities have arrested a number of people in connection with terrorism. Attacks could occur at any time and place. Female travelers should be cautious of how they behave and dress in public in order to prevent violating local rules. Avoid walking alone after the sunset and in remote places. We strongly recommend not to buy any counterfeit products; purchasing them is a law violation. “Sonapur” – unofficial name for a work camp on the outskirts of Dubai. South Asian laborers live there. It is home to more than 150,000 workers from Pakistan, China, and India. It is supposed to be a dangerous place for tourists. Migrant workers earn only $150 per month, and they send half of this sum back to their families. SafeAround recommends avoiding visiting this area.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

UAE is a safe country. It is ranked 31th on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

As a frequently visited tourist destination with more than 14 million visits yearly, it is not surprising that pick-pocketing is common in UAE. Excessive vigilance in all public places is recommended.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

UAE is a place where an occurrence of kidnapping and mugging is low.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are almost no scams known in its territory.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Accidents while travelling on the road occur frequently. There is a threat while off-road driving. Ensure cars are well equipped and you carry enough water.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

The United Arab Emirates experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. Sandstorms occur on a regular basis. Sometimes, severe thunderstorms may occur in the UAE. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

A number of terrorist attacks occurred in the Gulf region in recent years. The probability of new attacks is high.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, female travellers risk in UAE seems to be on par with main European countries, Australia, Canada or USA. SafeAround recommends taking normal safety precautious and trying to avoid visiting remote neighbourhoods late at night.

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Useful Information

Visa is not required for tourist stays under 30 days. Make sure your passport has at least a six-month validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. For more up-to-date information, you can visit the UAE Embassy website: http://www.uae-embassy.org/services-resources/visas-passports-travel-uae
Dirham is the official currency of the UAE. The dirham has a constant exchange rate to dollar, 3.67 dirhams = 1 USD. All the other world currency may fluctuate significantly
The United Arab Emirates experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. The hottest months of the year are from June to September. In order to avoid risks of high temperatures, SafeAround advises avoiding staying in the sun for a long time and drinking a lot of water.
The largest airports in the country are Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Emirates and Etihad Airways are the largest national airlines. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.