I am going with my husbamnd and our two pre school children and the problems in the middle east are a concern. Is the trouble likely to spread to Dubai?
No, it is not. The United Arab Emirates is properous, stable and safe! over 9 years agoAnswered by Andy via WorldNomads.com
Gemma, if you're Australian you'll get this: Dubai is like the Canberra of the Middle East!
The whole of the United Arab Emirates is noted for it's low crime rates.
As for the Jasmine Revolution in neighbouring countries... the pundits think it is extremely unlikely that the trouble will reach Dubai.
Dubai (part of the UAE) is a constitutional monarchy. Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are (were) ruled by autocratic and oppressive regimes. Emriatis (as locals are called) receive free health, free education and heavily subsidised electricity. Much of the wealth is reinvested in infrastructure such as public transport. Although the wealth was built on oil, the economy is now powered by finance, real estate and tourism. heck, if I wasn't Australian I think I'd like to be an Emirati!
The only people who do not share in the wealth are the 250,000 foreign workers who do all the hard work.... if they complain/protest they'll most likely be sent packing.
Although it is "Arab-lite" there are still cultural differences, skimpy clothes are not appreciated, and be careful where you partake of alcohol, it's only allowed in western hotels and clubs, being drunk in public is a serious offence. There is no blood alcohol limit for driving (because strictly-speaking alcohol is not allowed). And if you feel the urge to rekindle the romance in your marriage (but with 2 pre-school age kids you know that's just a dream right?), make sure you keep it behind closed doors.
I really enjoyed my time in Dubai when I visited, it's a fascinating place. Have a great holiday. over 9 years ago
Gemma, me again. Just found this news item regarding democracy movement and the UAE:
Academics, former officials, journalists and activists have politely asked for a bit more democracy, please.
No protests. over 9 years ago
If you put all the middle east countries in a scale from the most stable (top) to the most unstable (bottom), I've have no doubts that UAE will be at least the second on top.
I've been there twice, the second time in last january, and i felt very safe. Hope you and your family can enjoy your trip. UAE, and specialy Dubai, is an island of prosperity, stability, and even some flexibility in terms of dress codes and customs, in that region. over 9 years ago
G, There is no reason for u to worry at all. Dubai in general and the U.A.E. in particular are as safe as it can get. Don't worry...have a ball. If u need help for hotel reservations,shoot me a mail as we have a 3 star hotel in Al Rigga-Deira--- firstname.lastname@example.org over 9 years ago