Crime in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Crime rates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Level of crime
12.42 Very Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
40.38 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
15.07 Very Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
12.99 Very Low
Worries car stolen
11.01 Very Low
Worries things from car stolen
16.56 Very Low
Worries attacked
15.31 Very Low
Worries being insulted
19.03 Very Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
14.05 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
18.57 Very Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
16.95 Very Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
12.60 Very Low
Problem corruption and bribery
24.41 Low

Safety in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Safety walking alone during daylight
91.52 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
83.35 Very High

Contributors: 835

Last update: June 2021

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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17 Comments so far
Ibrahim Kalil Swaray on Mar 08, 2021:
Dubai is the most beautiful country in planet Earth,i like to live in Dubai because they respect strangers then many people migrate in the country because of the quality of the country business, football, jobs,and others so much love Dubai
Letthetruthbetold on Jun 13, 2020:
Well I'm hearing more and more that dubai is a safe haven for drug barons. So however safe it is now unfortunately for most dubai residents it will not remain safe for very long as long as the country has laxed laws when it comes to protecting drug barans and there assets. Awful pity greed has got the better of politics here as its everybody's children will suffer in the city.but the longterm residents of dubai have no idea what's coming down the road unless serious changes are made
Seaad Abdul basit aziz on Jun 10, 2020:
In fact UAE is most safest country I have been to, no robbery, no snatching of bags, you can walk peaceful at anytime day or nite. The only problem is bedspace in such an advanced country for men and women to be living like students. And the cost of living is too high as compared to other advanced countries.
Anonymous on Apr 13, 2020:
#Anonymous on Feb 06, 2020
please don't annoy us, you are free to go to a country who accepts you
Anonymous on Mar 26, 2020:
Who ever complaining about LGBT problems,,they can go to Uganda ,Zambia or Kenya( check
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jul/24/evangelical-christians-homophobia-africa)

or even to Southern US biblical states ,check (https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/the-5-worst-states-for-lgbt-people-198931/amp/)
Where many in the Name Father,Son and Holy Ghost they can happily live
Anonymous on Feb 06, 2020:
Yeah, Dubai might have a very low crime rate but this country discriminates so much based on your sexual orientation and gender identity. So if you are part of the LGBT community, this is not a safe country for you because you might end up to jail. Any western european country is much better when it comes to safety of LGBT people.

I don't think I'll ever visit UAE nor any arabic country because I can't stand with homophobes/transphobes and most arabic countries are like that. It's so sickening that they are stuck in the past.
Ayesha on Oct 30, 2019:
My husband deserted me. And is enjoying in Dubai. I want to know how will the Dubai govt help me
Jozi Jetsetter on Sep 17, 2019:
I have travelled countless times to Dubai since 1995 and this is my favourite place in the world. I live in South Africa where Crime is the order of the day. As long as you abide by their code of conduct and their rule of law, you will never get enough of this beautifuldeveloping city. In all my travels, I have never encountered any issues with the locals or expats. Add this city to your bucket list and you will have no regrets...
Idrees on Sep 06, 2019:
Dubai is a safe city.. I read many comment who belie about Dubai.. I've been living in Dubai since 1981 and still.. I was cheated by indian local company .. these cases happens if you are not careful and it happened to me.. so good luck where ever you are.. Dubai always welcome people it's land of everybody no matter your color religion and culture.. just have extra money to enjoy or live..
bis on Jul 02, 2019:
Visited Dubai with my family over Christmas and NYs holidays. It was really wonderful and I'd love to go back. The laws are very strict and people obey them (for the most part).
We were only "scammed" once by a lazy taxi driver who didn't want to admit that he misunderstood where we wanted to go. However, the amount was so minimal we didn't report it. However, please note that you can ALWAYS report taxi drivers who try to scam you by reporting the taxi number/driver name to any police man. Those taxis are required to head back to HQ that same day and their licenses are voided.

But the above is an exception. To illustrate, we took a 2 hr taxi from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and regretfully left our mobile in the taxi. We worked with our hotel staff and security to locate the driver and got the phone back the next day fully intact. The driver was really worried about being reported to the police and we actually had to assure him that we knew it was our mistake and not anything intentional on his part.

Also, being an Islamic country, people are critical about the strict laws, but I didn't feel that non-Muslim residents or foreigners were subject to any "harsh" rules. for example, A lot of private hotel beaches are lax with swimwear. and most hotel bars and restaurants serve alcohol. I think one just needs to check what is permitted and what's not to be safe.

The only area I would caution travelers to be a little more wary about being "scammed" or "attacked" is in Deria. I didn't feel particularly unsafe at any time of day, however, I wouldn't be there alone at night and I wouldn't buy from the local market without first comparing prices and trying to bargain.

Political climate aside, I feel it's a really nice holiday destination!
Superman on Feb 04, 2019:
Being attacked because of your skin color, religion,etc. Is low. Yet they don't allow Jews in. Yet people still visit the uae. Double standard
Anonymous on Jan 16, 2019:
Yeah sure Dubai a safe until they take you out of the city to murder you
Anjan on Jan 04, 2019:
Dubai is full of crime ,, there are many Bangladeshi criminals who are doing procetution work
Evelyn on Apr 07, 2018:
American expat here, have split time between UK and Dubai for the last six years. I feel safer walking around in Dubai in the dead of night than I would walking down a street in the US in broad daylight. I don't make a habit of wandering around alone at night, but the point is that I don't feel I'd be in any danger if I did, beyond perhaps a rude whistle from a fellow expat spilling out of a club.

UAE laws are strict, tightly enforced, and crime is low, at least where you can see it. Undoubtedly there is crime, but it's unlikely to be a problem for tourists or expats. I personally have never heard of other expats or tourists becoming victims of major crimes, except at the hands of family or close friends.

Horror stories abound on the internet about tourists or expats being jailed for behaviors westerners take for granted (PDA, small amounts of drugs, public intoxication, loudly/publicly criticising the govt), but there's an easy way to avoid that: know the law before you go, and respect it. You're in someone else's country and if you can't be bothered to understand the law and respect the culture, you deserve what you get.
John Morrow on Oct 30, 2017:
It's safe to an extent but doesn't protect your business. If you run your own business you will be looted by the system so nicely. Clients don't pay, too many frauds. And you keep paying fines, expired fees for licenses ,some sort of fees you keep paying, for this and such nonsense. Spend your money elsewhere. They only want you lose money and leave the place for good. You pay money for them to live and you like a fool think it's the best place to live in the world. Desert rose is junk.
swag boy 69 on Jul 18, 2017:
the amount of crime in dubai beside scamming is very little. there should be no worries to be walking around in daylight or night time. although if your planning on living here as a family, beware that there will be arab kids who will annoy your kids. going through legal matters is going to be a hassle though.
Papas Fritas on Jul 17, 2017:
I have lived in what was the most dangerous city on the planet that is CD Juarez MX. I doubt that Dubai is dangerous I can't wait to go to Dubai. Who knows maybe find a wife there. So for you chicken shits complaining about safety in Dubai I say you are cowards. I encourage you to visit Juarez and experience the thrill of your life you cowards will shit in your pants. Lol