Dubai is considered a low-risk country for crime; however, opportunistic crime does exist. Foreign visitors or expatriates are potentially more vulnerable due to their perceived wealth. Densely populated areas, including known tourist hotspots, are possible opportune areas. Typical forms of crime include pickpocketing, theft and petty crime. Criminals are likely to target individuals who are unaware of their surroundings or have valuables such as smartphones, purses or other electronic devices on display.
The threat of a terror attack in Dubai is growing – fuelled by the city’s image as a bastion of Western-style capitalism and nightlife and the frequent port calls by the United States (US) Navy ships. A long coast and remote desert borders make the country vulnerable to infiltration despite state-of-the-art port security and a nearly complete 800-kilometre (500-mile) barrier along the borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Driving in Dubai can be challenging if unfamiliar with the environment and local driving style. A large portion of the drivers are known to use excessive speeds, with aggressive or reckless behavior when traveling on major roads. Road Traffic Collisions (RTC) are common in Dubai. Frequent roadworks and construction zones can result in heavy congestion, this has the potential to cause significant disruption to travel plans.