Safety in Abu Dhabi
Most expats feel confident about their level of personal safety in Abu Dhabi. Petty crime is rare and serious crime virtually unheard of.
The emirate is governed by an Islamic mandate, and it follows that local laws are stringent; in some cases, more so than home-country policies. Thus, to keep safely out of the way of authorities, it’s vital that expats familiarise themselves with the legalities of the area.
Crime in Abu Dhabi
Burglaries can and do occur; however, this is relatively rare. It is considered safe for expats to walk around at night and to take taxis independently. Women on their own are not considered to be targets or at risk, but they should ensure that they dress modestly as there have been occasional reports of women being harassed.
Road safety in Abu Dhabi
Drinking and driving is a serious offense, and expats who are caught doing so will face severe consequences.
Terrorism in Abu Dhabi
Though the UK foreign office and US State Department still deem there to be a threat of terrorism against Western interests in Abu Dhabi, most expats are not overly concerned with these warnings.
Cultural differences in Abu Dhabi
There is a zero-tolerance outlook on drugs. Furthermore, public drunkenness and using offensive language, among other things, can land expats behind bars before they've even realised what's happened. Expats are urged to familiarise themselves with local customs in order to avoid any missteps.
Health safety in Abu Dhabi
During the extreme heat of summer, expats should drink enough water and avoid staying in the sun too long, in order to avoid dehydration and sunstroke.