Is it safe to visit Dubai in 2020? Expo and more
There have been a lot of rumors floating around the Foreign Media, especially the British Media which states that there is a security threat targeting Dubai. But in fact, there has been no such statements issued by any official source of the Iranian Government. It is standard practice for Embassies to release travel advice updates whenever there is an outbreak of violence in any region. Neither has the UAE Government-issued any advisories for UAE residents to leave the country nor for foreign tourists to stay away. The news spreading around is fake and should not be taken literally.
What are officials saying about risk levels in the UAE?
MailOnline, a UK Media published a story under the headline “Iran ‘threatens to hit Israel and Dubai if the US retaliates over missile attack’”.
The story cites a quote from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reported by Iran’s state-run Irna news agency, which did not specifically mention Dubai or Israel.
Instead, it said: “We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted.”
The UAE and Israel are allies of the US but this is true for several countries in the region, and there is nothing from the IRGC statement to back up the suggestion that Dubai has been singled out as a target.
Similarly, The UK foreign office official advice states: “Following the death of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January, the incident has led to increased tensions in the region. There is a possibility of an increased threat against western interests and the security situation could worsen with little warning. You should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments.”
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “recent developments will not affect citizens, residents, or visitors to the UAE”.
So is Dubai safe?
It is safe! The best thing to do is to check with official sources for the latest updates and avoid listening to all the fake news. There are many reasons to visit Dubai in 2020