Terrorism in the United Arab Emirates: FCDO warns British holidaymakers: is Dubai safe? | Travel News | To travel


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is gaining more and more popularity among sun-seeking tourists, with Dubai alone attracting 1.2 million Britons per year in 2019 alone. While many Brits are returning to the hotspot winter sun, Covid restrictions have now eased, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is continually updating its travel advice pages for UK holidaymakers.

The latest update warns Britons of the potential for terrorist attacks across the country – some of which, according to the travel authority, could target “British nationals”.

Although terrorist attacks in the United Arab Emirates are rare, FCDO warns: “Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region.

In its most recent opinion, on November 16, 2021, the FCDO urged visiting Britons to be “vigilant at this time”.

FCDO explained: “Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region.

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“These include references to attacks on Western interests including residential complexes, military, oil, transport and aviation interests as well as overcrowded places including restaurants, hotels, beaches, shopping centers and mosques.

“You need to maintain a high level of security awareness, especially in public places and at public events.

“There is an increased threat of a terrorist attack on a global scale against the British interests and British nationals of groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.”

The travel authority also warns that “the attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.”

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However, terrorist attacks can be difficult to predict.

The most recent terrorist attack in the United Arab Emirates took place in Abu Dhabi in 2014, when kindergarten teacher Ibolya Ryan was murdered.

The decision to qualify the incident as an act of terrorism was not taken lightly in Abu Dhabi.

Although FCDO reports threats, attacks in Dubai – one of the UAE’s most popular tourist spots – are extremely rare.

With the aim of providing peace of mind to holidaymakers, no matter which destination they choose, the UK Counter Terrorism Police offer advice to those who must travel.

Before traveling, he recommended that tourists check the latest FCDO travel tips for the country of their choice and make sure they have adequate travel insurance coverage.

Counterterrorism police also advise the motto “flee, hide, tell” in the event of guns and weapons attacks abroad.

They say, “If you hear gunshots you should:

“Run – to a safe place. Better than trying to surrender or negotiate.

“Hide yourself – better to hide than to confront. Barricade yourself, put your phone on silent and only use it when it is safe to do so.

“Say – Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you’re going to. For all EU countries, call 112.”


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