British Embassy urges UK expats and visitors to take care in Dubai

Published:  24 Nov at 6 PM
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Dubai’s British embassy is warning all UK citizens in the emirate to take more care when outdoors.

Between the annual increase of British visitors and UK expats taking advantage of the cooler winter weather, the streets and malls in Dubai are far more crowded than during the rest of the year. Scheduled events during the cool season such as this weekend’s Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix and the Dubai Rugby Sevens at the end of this month also attract a huge number of visitors.

In order to ensure UK citizens’ safety, the British Embassy has rolled out a ‘Stay Safe’ social media campaign giving advice on precautions and the best ways to stay safe in the region. Viewable on the embassy’s social media accounts, the campaign takes a light-hearted look at potential dangers, including staying within groups on nights out, only using licensed taxis and restricting alcohol consumption in restaurants, clubs and bars.

According to British Ambassador to the UAE Philip Parham, it’s always the best idea to stay alert when you’re in a foreign country, whether you’re just visiting or are living and working overseas. He believes the UK is fortunate in having strong person-to- person links between the UAE and the UK, with over 100,000 British residents and 1.5 million British visitors to the emirates every year. Most stays, he says, are trouble-free, but it’s not a good idea to get complacent.

The campaign is all about highlighting key issues in personal safety whilst overseas, thus ensuring the embassy doesn’t need to assist victims of crime or those who’ve unwittingly broken the law in some way. The present campaign is a follow-up to September’s ‘Checking in’ campaign offering assistance and advice to new UK arrivals coming to work in the UAE in time to enrol their children in the UAE’s international schools.
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