How Safe Is Dubai for Travel?

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Safety Index:
80

Dubai is one of the seven emirates that the United Arab Emirates are made of.

It is a relatively new destination that became popular during the recent years when its infrastructure started growing exponentially.

It can be considered something of an independent city-state and hands down the most modern and progressive emirate in the UAE.

For years now, it has been an increadibly fast developing place, where tourist arrive in chordes to see the new technological and architectural marvels and enjoy the never before seen shopping malls.

Given that it is located just five hours from Europe and three hours from most of Middle and Near East, as well as the subcontinent of India, Dubai is an excellent short-break destination where you can relax and rest from your travels with a little bih of shopping, sunbathing, dining and enjoying many social events.

Warnings & Dangers in Dubai

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Dubai is a very safe city to travel to. Many say that UAE is among the safest countries in the world. Overall, safety should not be an issue if you plan on traveling to UAE.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some risk of an accident happening while you are on the road due to unpredictable driving behaviour. Driving off-road is definitely not recommended since it can lead to dangerous accidents. Be sure that your vehicle is well-equipped and that you have enough water with you.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Even though pick-pocketing is expected to be rare since the residents of UAE are mainly foreigners, it still does happen due to the fact that there are as many as 14 million tourist visits a year. It is recommended that you pay attention to your surroundings at all times, especially when around Jemeirah Beach, a known pickpockets spot.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Among the natural disasters threatening Dubai are very high temperatures, reaching higher than 50C. Sand storms are also a common occurrence in this country, as well as thunderstorms. If you wish to acquire some more information on natural disasters, visit the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

As mentioned above, UAE is a country where the biggest part of the population is made of foreigners, so occurances such as mugging and kidnapping, in Dubai especially, is fairly low. Foreigners avoid crime as such, because it would immediately lead to them being deported.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Terrorist are still issuing statements threatening to attack the Gulf region. These attacks could be carried out on military, oil, transportation and aviation interests as well as crowded places such as restaurants, hotels, beaches, shopping centres and mosques. Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

Since this country is known to be rich and prosperous, there are almost no scams in this territory. Avoid scammers in shopping malls who will try to get you to answer some questions in order to win a prize. They do this in order to sell a travel package to you.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Female travelers are faced with the same amount of risk as they do when traveling to European cities, Canada, USA or Australia. Take normal precaution measures and avoid going to dark areas and walking down the streets late at night.

So... How Safe Is Dubai Really?

Dubai very safe to travel to. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any crime, there is, especially around main tourist attractions, but tourists are rarely targeted.

More often than not, violence in Dubai is domestic in nature. The reason it is so safe is because most of the people (employees) in UAE, in general, are from other countries, and most locals are pretty well off so they’re probably not going to pickpocket you.

Apart from that, the fact that the majority of people you’ll interact with are foreigners, means that if they try to commit any crime, they will immediately get deported, and that fact alone prevents crime.

The biggest risk you might encounter when it comes to street violence and crime is pickpocketing, around landmarks and tourist destinations such as Jumeirah Beach and poorer areas like Sonapur, Shindagha and Satwa.

Other the risks that you should take into account when you plan on traveling to UAE, are natural disasters such as sandstorms and thunderstorms, and a constant risk of a terrorist attack, mainly in the Gulf region.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visa is not required for any stays shorter than 30 days. Be sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the day of your return. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Dirham is the official currency in the United Arab Emirates. Dirhams have a constant exchange rate, in which 3.67 = 1 USD. This is the only currency that never fluctuates and is constant.
  • Weather - With extremely high temperatures that goes as far up as 50C, the United Arab Emirates are infamous for its very hot spells. The hottest months are from June to September, so if you're planning your trip during those months, be sure to avoid direct long-term sun exposure and drink a lot of fluids.
  • Airports - Dubai International Airport is the primary international airport serving Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the world's busiest airport by international passenger traffic. It is located in the Al Garhoud district, 4.6 km east of Dubai.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Dubai, since it covers not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Dubai Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 20° C
Feb 21° C
Mar 24° C
Apr 28° C
May 32° C
Jun 34° C
Jul 36° C
Aug 37° C
Sep 34° C
Oct 31° C
Nov 26° C
Dec 22° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
242629333840414239363126
Low
°C
151618222628313128252117
High
°F
75798491100104106108102978879
Low
°F
596164727982888882777063

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5 Reviews on Dubai

  1. A
    Anonymous says:

    Dangerous

    This information is incorrect: women’s are frequently assaulted, followed and molested in Dubai. We don’t know the statistics as Dubai refuse to release them. The chances of being imprisoned (whether or not a crime has been committed) are high. You have little/no legal recourse in UAE, don’t take the risk.

  2. R
    Richard says:

    Don’t go, you can get arrested and sent to jail for years for accidentally touching someone or calling someone a horse… it just isn’t worth the risk!!! Think about it, it is safer not to go!!!!

  3. UAE just show off...don’t believe it.

    Dear friends,

    UAE is not a safe place to live, without any reason government or police catch and put in the jail. Nobody have right to ask for the reason if ask they will put them too. The investigation of CID’s very pathetic. No more secure.
    I suppose to start few businesses but god grace i made some study before and now I changed my plan. They just do some show off. Am gonna take back my relatives from there soon.
    Guys trust me UAE is no more secure.

  4. D
    Daniel Lucio says:

    Dubai and any UAE is not safe to travel for a westerner. They’re laws are backwards and idiotic. HIGH RISK of being jailed for anything. Do not go this piece of s$&@ country.

  5. K
    Kay Richards says:

    Next to Heaven

    I’m sorry these people had a bad experience, I go to UAE every 5 months and spend 3 weeks on Jumeriah Beach in a rental condo and it is next to HEAVEN. I’ve done the Hotels and my experience was just as wonderful. From the airport, to the taxis, restaurants, beaches, shops and spice souks, the people are friendly, helpful, courteous, and polite. I am always treated with the utmost respect and dignity. I feel safer in UAE than I do in my own backyard.

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