Is Dubai a safe place to visit?

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Known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and skyscrapers, Dubai is a must-visit destination for any traveller longing for a city with unique style.

Due to stricter laws and customs than many large cities, Dubai has a low crime rate. However, there have still been reports of personal attacks which means that tourists should be aware and only use licensed forms of transport. This is especially important for female tourists, at night or when drinking, as drink spiking has been known to occur. Research safe and recommended taxis beforehand.

Dubai's laws are often of some concern to visitors when travelling to Dubai, especially in terms of importing medicines and cultural elements such as public affection and clothing choices. However, Dubai is safe if you follow its laws and customs carefully and research before you visit.

What vaccinations do I need when visiting Dubai?

You should ensure that you are up-to-date with all routine vaccinations as well as tetanus. Furthermore, some travellers may need vaccinations against rabies, hepatitis A and hepatitis B. However, you should ensure that you have taken out comprehensive Dubai travel insurance that will cover you worldwide in the event of medical emergency or treatment as well as passport loss or flight cancellations.

Are there any areas to avoid in Dubai?

Although there are not many unsafe areas in Dubai, you should avoid the Naif Street Bus Terminal at night, as well as the region of Sonapur, a migrant work camp, on the outskirts of the city. Deira and Bur Dubai are also known to be more dangerous to tourists, as well as Shindagha and Satwa. Research all areas before heading to them and understand whether there are any off-limits locations during nighttime.

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