Abu Dhabi

Unordinary streets from the first impression create a very contradictory picture of life in Abu Dhabi. The modern and brilliant capital of the UAE is a charming blend of traditions and progress. The city, whose history dates back to 3000 BC, retained the Arabian spirit to a much greater degree than the glamorous Dubai. Among main attractions in Abu Dhabi are Corniche Park, White Fort, a historic village where you can get to know the life of Bedouins, and the Center of Women's Crafts.  


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Abu Dhabi is one of the safest cities, not only in the Middle East but in the whole world. It’s ranked 12th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities. In order to make your holiday as relaxed as possible, SafeAround compiled information concerning possible risks and dangers in the Dubai’s neighborhood.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Abu Dhabi is a very safe city. It is highly ranked 12th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.  

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : N/A

There are some areas with high density of pickpockets. Do not leave your belongings unattended and be vigilant both while getting on public transport or enjoying the sunshine on the beach.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : N/A

Mugging and kidnapping are very rare.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : N/A

There are no reported scams.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : N/A

Generally, public transport is safe and reliable.  If you are considering renting a car, be aware of unpredictable driving behaviors. There are no risks in taxis in Abu Dhabi. As most of the taxi drivers are foreigners, sometimes they poorly know the area; therefore, try to calculate your route in advance.


The United Arab Emirates experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. Sandstorms occur on a regular basis. Sometimes, a severe thunderstorm 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 : N/A

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


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



The Corniche

The Corniche is the most popular area among tourists. The seaside promenade attracts them most. It offers easy access to the beaches. SafeAround advises to follow common sense and keep an eye on your belongings as this area is infamous for its high cluster of pickpockets.


It is a perfect spot to feel what the city was like when it was a fishing village. Moreover, this area nowadays is home for ports and the city’s fish market. It is worth to be vigilant as in the rest of Abu Dhabi.

Khalidiya & Al Bateen

The area is vivid and known for its cafes, shisha lounges and bars. This area is safe. We recommend just to use normal precautions like you’d use in your native city.

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.