Very, very low, not sure what the Australian Gov. basis that on. We live in Dubai, and there is no apparent threat of any kind, its actually extremely safe. But I guess its like anywhere you visit in the world as a tourist - there is always a chance of something untoward happening. But I'd say the chances of being struck by lightning are a bigger threat than terrorist activity if you visit Dubai. In August, the biggest warning is the heat - its too hot to contemplate any mischief... almost 8 years agoAnswered by Mike via WorldNomads.com
Not to worry at all, my friend.Dubai ,in my opinion,is the safest city state in the world.As Mike has pointed out --there are chances of something untoward happening..like misplacing your luggage..but Dubai is as secure as a lock.The heat ,my friend will be on in June but so long as u use the airconditioned taxis and move around in air conditioned Malls-you will be fine. If u r looking for a reasonable hotel to stay in ,you are more than welcome to contact me by email@example.com almost 8 years ago
I can't speak on behalf of DFAT, but I'm guessing their travel warning level includes the potential threat to the many hundreds of ex-patriot Australian workers in the UAE. The "compounds" where many of them live are potential targets. The threat to the regular tourist is much lower.
Mind you, the "high degree of caution" level is right in the middle of DFAT's 5 step warning system, so it's not really that high. Consider that Indonesia, including Bali, is one level higher at "reconsider your need to travel" and yet in Jan and Feb this year 104,000 Aussies went to bali anyway.
The other answers above are spot on. I've been in Dubai in May before the 'real' heat, and it gets plenty warm, so watch out. Amazing place, though, I really like it.
Phil almost 8 years ago