Unlike many areas where tourists congregate, it seems Dubai’s crime rate is relatively low. Crimes perpetrated against people are usually among locals, and officials say tourists have little to worry about with regard to their personal safety.

But this is in the context of knowing that police authorities don’t release crime statistics publicly. The local press reports crimes, and sometimes people talk openly about crime, but as far as official numbers and release of statistics, that generally doesn’t happen, so it’s a trend that’s hard to gauge.

One trend that experts have noticed is an increase in burglaries in Dubai, which is credited to the fact that many Western expatriates live in Dubai and leave the area between July and August which is when many home burglaries occur.

If you’re going to rent a car, which is not the recommended best way to see Dubai (it is easier and cheaper to either rent a car or use the metro/tram network), be careful when driving. It can be quite dangerous; accidents are frequent and often dramatic, usually attributable to the high rate of speed and multiple change of lanes.  

So, safety precautions recommended elsewhere apply to Dubai as well. Be cognizant of the area you’re in and who’s hanging around especially in areas like Deira or Bur Dubai. Be sure to protect your valuables by placing them in the hotel safe or concealing them in your car. Use a guide if you’re going to travel into unfamiliar territory, or territory off the beaten path, and always conceal and protect your currency.