In addition to the advice below, we would strongly urge you to read up on local laws and customs in the United Arab Emirates. There have been several cases recently of male foreigners being accused of sexual assault – touching another man in a bar in public – and subsequently being jailed. Female travellers who have experienced rape have been detained for sex outside marriage. Please consider this when planning your trip.

Links to travel advice on visiting the UAE from the following governments –

Please note that the travel advice varies – it is worth reading them all and reaching your own conclusion.

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have announced the suspension of diplomatic relations with Qatar. All air and sea points of entry between UAE and Qatar were closed on 6 June 2017. If you have a question about your travel plans you should contact your airline or travel company. There are further restrictions on travel and residence affecting UAE and Qatar nationals. For more information see this UAE government announcement.

The UAE authorities announced on 7 June 2017 that showing sympathy for Qatar on social media or by any other means of communication is an offence. Offenders could be imprisoned and subject to a substantial fine.

Political situation

Events in the Middle East, including Iraq and the Middle East Peace Process, can affect local public opinion. Follow news reports and be alert to local and regional developments, which might trigger public disturbances.

In 2018, numerous missiles have been launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen. The vast majority of these have been intercepted and destroyed but there have been a small number of casualties. Claims have been made in public media suggesting that there may also be attempts to target missiles and unmanned aerial systems (drones) at the UAE. In the event of any incidents, you should monitor local media reports and follow the advice of the local authorities.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates

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