There are lots of wonderful things about living in the UAE; the weather, the beaches, the opportunities and the glamorous lifestyle to name just a few. But another thing that’s bringing people flocking from all over the world is the fact that it’s officially one of the safest places on the planet.
According to a recent report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) the UAE is now ranked the second safest country in the world, just between Finland and Qatar. This might come as a shock to Brits who are fearful of unrest in the Middle East, but there’s a clear sense of comfort and security here.
The local culture has been very much built around attracting visitors and there’s been a significant amount of money spent on tourism, happiness and safety. With the UK ranked at 78 and USA limping along in 84th place, it’s easy to see why so many foreigners are keen to set up home in places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Of course, there’s no such thing as a completely safe country. Wherever there are humans, there are at least some risks. But the good news is that in the UAE these risks are significantly lower than in most other parts of the world.
Violent crime is very low in the UAE, which may well have something to do with the lack of alcohol in public places. There have been some incidents of drink spicing in areas frequented by foreigners, but these have been few and far between.
As with anywhere, visitors are advised to be on the lookout for pick pockets but the risk is still officially only a medium one. The risk to lone females is also on a par with European countries, with women being advised to be vigilant and avoid going out after dark but few reports of rape, assault or kidnaps.
Transport has been an issue in the past, with a high number of road accidents. However, with a huge amount of money being invested in the transportation infrastructure in Dubai and other parts of the UAE, the roads are expected to become much safer and easier to negotiate.
There are some areas which are best avoided, such as a work camp called Sonapur, located on the outskirts of Dubai. However, there are very few reasons for any holiday maker to go to this area, so this is not of huge concern to the average person.
The biggest risks in the UAE would appear to be natural ones. The climate in all of the Emirates is hot and arid, with temperatures regularly topping 50C leading to danger of sunburn and dehydration. Travellers are advised to carry bottles of water and cover up from the sun, using plenty of sun cream and light, comfortable clothing. Sandstorms and severe thunderstorms are also common.
Wherever you go in the world it’s sensible to be vigilant and take appropriate precautions, but the UAE is very much a safe and welcoming place that’s good for visitors of all ages.
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