Dubai

Dubai is the city of One Thousand and One Arabian Lights; it is an excellent place for a vacation where culture and history, adventure, first-class shops, and entertainment make a perfect combination.

SAFETY INDEX

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In order to make your holiday as relaxed as possible, SafeAround compiled information concerning possible risk and dangers in Dubai’s neighborhoods.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Dubai is an overall safe city. It is highly ranked 20th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There are some areas with high density of pickpockets, especially Jemeirah Beach which is well known as the main pickpockets spot. Do not leave your belongings unattended and be vigilant both while getting on the public transport or enjoying the sunshine on the beach.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Mugging and kidnapping are very rare.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

Dubai is full of visitors thus numerous people try to take advantage of it. In shopping centers, scammers will try to get you to answer questions to win a prize; however, this is a kind of scam to sell a travel package to you. In the fast car rental services, you can be charged for getting speeding tickets. Sometimes, taxi drivers overcharge their clients.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Generally, public transport is safe and reliable.  If you are considering renting a car, be aware of unpredictable driving behaviors.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

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 : 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 : LOW

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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WHAT TO DO?

The Dubai Opera House is fantastic and a must see. There is a magnificent view of the city and desert from Burj Khalifa observation deck. Dubai Creek Bay is a perfect area for strolling through the gold and textile markets and the spice bazaar. For those who adore unusual experiences, ride over the desert in a hot air balloon, attractions with crazy speeds in the IMG Worlds of Adventure park or jump with a parachute over the island of Palm Jumeirah; it will be a really breathtaking experience.

Jumeirah Beach

11 miles long beach is the treasure for each tourist. It is Dubai’s main weapon. There are high-quality restaurants, spas, boutiques and an incredibly huge flow of tourists. Although this area is very safe as the rest Dubai, it is known that pickpockets operate in this neighborhood. Thus, we advise to be vigilant and not to leave your belongings unattended.

“Sonapur” 

It is an 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 this area.

Naif Street Bus Terminal

The area around this street looks like New York’s Chinatown: narrow streets with stuffy air, sweaty men, constant invitations to go into shops. There, the buildings are covered with a dense layer of dust. Overall, this place doesn’t look gloomy, on the contrary, it is very vibrant. Inhabitants of this area are generally immigrants from India and Pakistan. The area is generally safe, but we advise you avoid this area at night, especially if you are a woman. 

Shindagha

Another neighborhood where the construction workers live. SafeAround advises refraining from visiting this area.

Satwa

Just as Shindagha, this area is the home of low-paid construction site workers. SafeAround advises refraining from visiting this area.

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.