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Safety and Travel in the United Arab Emirates

Safety and Travel in the United Arab Emirates

There are several things to consider when moving to Abu Dhabi; two of the most significant considerations being, how will you get around and how safe is it? Though there is public transportation in the city of Abu Dhabi, it is quite rudimentary, and tends to not be all that reliable. The roads and highways in Abu Dhabi are generally well kept. The highway infrastructure is modern and fairly easy to navigate. If you decide to drive in Abu Dhabi, you will need to obtain a UAE driver’s licence. Despite the fact you are new to the country, you will be expected to abide by the UAE’s traffic laws. With that being said, violations are strictly enforced and driving under the influence of alcohol is absolutely forbidden, with a zero tolerance policy in effect. Failure to adhere to this law is met with a mandatory prison sentence.

While in Abu Dhabi, and even before arrival, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs. Though you are a citizen of another country, you must follow all applicable local laws or face the consequences of breaking them. With that being said, Abu Dhabi, and the UAE in general, have a very low rate of violent crimes and property theft. Of course, these things are not un-heard of, but fairly rare. Regardless, always remain careful and on alert when in a foreign country. Remember, where ever you go we recommend that you register with you Nations Embassy.