Is Dubai a safe city to live for expats?

A closer look at the safety aspects of the city

13 Jan 2019, words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Guides

Is Dubai a safe city to live for espats?

The Middle Eastern hotspot of Dubai is known for being a melting pot of various cultures and nationalities from around the world. People from various parts of the world flock to this city and make it their home. While moving to a new city, especially one that is culturally different from that of yours can surely be intimidating, one can be to a great extent be stress-free when it comes to Dubai as the city is known for being tolerant to one and all.

The entire population of Dubai constitutes 80% of expats, who get attracted to the city owing to the high-end lifestyle and tax-free income that it has on offer. One of the main reasons why expats choose to live in Dubai for a long time is because they feel safe and secured in the city. 

Dubai has a very low and negligible rate when it comes to crime. As of 2018, the city's serious crime dropped by 38% in the past 5 years, making it the safest city in the world. Crimes like theft, murder, violent and aggressive crimes like kidnapping, robberies as well as drug cases have declined to a great extent. Dubai Police is known to be extremely pro-active when it comes to international crimes that affect the safety and security of the country like cyber crimes as well as drug dealing.

Let's have a closer look at the aspects that make Dubai one of the safest cities in the Arab world.

1. safety of women

Is dubai a safe city for expats?

Dubai is known to be a very safe country for women overall. As of 2018, Dubai was rated as the safest city for women in the Middle East. According to a research conducted by New World Health, crimes such as rape, slavery of women, trafficking of woman and general assaults on a woman such as physical assaults, acids attacks etc were negligible in a Dubai.

Due to this safety, many expat women choose to stay in the country by themselves. Whether it is living in a hotel, driving, moving around in the city or taking a taxi, there is very less possibility that a woman will face any kind of harassment.

2. safety from terrorism

Presently, terrorism is a global threat. Though many countries in the Arab region have witnessed attacks of terrorism, Dubai has always been protected from such attacks.

In order to support the war against terrorism, the UAE, continues to support their international partners like the Interpol which helps them restore the security of the country and also of the residents.

3. road safety

Is dubai a safe city for expats?

The government of Dubai is known to be on their toes for providing the best road safety to their residents. They make use advanced technology to have safer and better roads. The usage of Dubai Police app has helped reduce traffic on road to a great extent. Commuters check traffic situations on smart apps and choose alternate roads during busy hours. They also report minor accidents using the app and no more require to call police patrols to the scene to issue a traffic report.

Deaths occurring due to road accidents have also reduced sharply in the city. In 2017, the number was 3.2 deaths for every 100,000 people compared to 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 in 2016. Dubai features 119 pedestrian bridges and the authorities are aiming to complete 169 bridges by 2022 to reduce the crossing of roads from non-designated spots which results in pedestrian deaths.

Reckless driving and jumping the red signal are punishable by law.

4. building security and gated communities

Most of the good buildings in Dubai offer round-the-clock security to their residents. The safety of the property is monitored CCTV cameras and it is almost impossible for trespassers to barge in such properties.

Dubai also hosts a number of gated communities that are preferred choices of expats. Such communities provide the residents with a sense of safety and security which is very essential.

Communities like Arabian Ranches, The Meadows, Al Barari and Emirates Hills are among some of them.

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