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
OVERALL RISK : LOW
UAE is a safe country. It is ranked 31th on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
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.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
UAE is a place where an occurrence of kidnapping and mugging is low.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
There are almost no scams known in its territory.
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.
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.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
A number of terrorist attacks occurred in the Gulf region in recent years. The probability of new attacks is high.
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.