Safety in Dubai
Dubai is often hailed for its impeccable safety record and the accompanying life of luxury expats can enjoy with no fear of crime. In contrast to other highly populated cities, Dubai has a high standard of safety, and violent crime is extremely rare, but petty crimes do occur and normal precautions should be taken.
Crime in Dubai
Burglaries can and do occur, especially during the summer months when many expat families return to their home countries, leaving houses vacant. On the other hand, it is considered safe to walk around late at night and to take taxis independently.
Women on their own are not considered to be targets or at risk. However, female expats should ensure that they dress modestly as there have been occasional reports of women being harassed; they should avoid travelling alone late at night.
The penalties for breaking laws in Dubai are severe and expats should familiarise themselves with local laws and customs in order to avoid attracting unwanted attention or being punished for behaviour that may not be considered to be offensive back home.