Crime in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Crime rates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Level of crime
12.36 Very Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
41.21 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
14.66 Very Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
13.15 Very Low
Worries car stolen
10.69 Very Low
Worries things from car stolen
16.03 Very Low
Worries attacked
15.03 Very Low
Worries being insulted
18.56 Very Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
13.88 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
18.37 Very Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
16.74 Very Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
12.23 Very Low
Problem corruption and bribery
24.39 Low

Safety in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Safety walking alone during daylight
91.07 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
83.02 Very High

Contributors: 1014

Last update: May 2023

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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15 Comments so far
Ballard Powell on Apr 18, 2023:
Recently in Dubai March of 2023; enjoyed myself immensely. Found all people I encountered were very friendly and polite.
Interesting Place to visit at least once.
Tomas on Mar 19, 2023:
Anonymous Feb 06 2020 what did you expect?! its an ARAB COUNTRY
Vignesh on Nov 28, 2022:
I am from Kerala in India and my passport is confiscated by the Dubai authorities. I had completed PhD in Astrophysics in India but now I'm working in Dubai as a road-tar labourer and sewage worker. I can't return back home to Kerala. I sleep every night on the roadside in Bur Dubai.
Anonymous on Aug 13, 2022:
Thanks Anonymous on Feb 06, 2020, we don't want you guys anywhere near our country anyway. Please stay in the west!
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2022:
To the years old LBGTQRSTUV comment... Why do you assume people have an irrational fear of homosexuals or transsexuals? There's nothing scary about them, just repulsive.
Awesome Drive on Sep 01, 2021:
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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 Mar 26, 2020:
Who ever complaining about LGBT problems,,they can go to Uganda ,Zambia or Kenya( check

or even to Southern US biblical states ,check (
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!