An American in Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

An American in Dubai Reviews

vances vances
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Feb 26, 2004
While I wouldn’t throw caution to the wind, I would assert that you don’t need to focus on any specific precautions before heading for Dubai. I am also a male American Caucasian, and felt enormously comfortable the entire time I visited. You will find that Dubai is quite the international melting pot and well over half the population are expats, with a fair number of Caucasians mixing in. My buddy (also an American male Caucasian) has lived there nearly seven years and has never had any issues - at least none he has shared with me.

Dubai is primarily a large tourist city and I met plenty of British, Australian, Canadian, etc. folks working full-time or on vacation here. There are also quite a few Slavs around, so Caucasians abound. It would clearly be different if you were a 24-year old female visiting solo, but being male is insurance that you should be largely ignored.

I expected being an American (male) Caucasian in Dubai to be a non-event, which it was – but what truly surprised me was the welcoming reception I received when we headed out into the rural areas (Oman and the Empty Quarter). Even in these sparsely populated, largely Muslim regions I encountered nothing beyond gracious courtesy. Of course I was careful to be polite in return, but unless you’re planning on being the ultimate ugly American I can only encourage you to go and discover this beauty for yourself!
Hopefully I don't look like I trie…
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mellemel8 says:
congrats on being "featured". happy new year :)
Posted on: Jan 04, 2008
Morle says:
I can only agree with vances. Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world.
And as long as you're polite yourself nothing will happen to you.
As a tourist you will meet many Pakistani or Indians like in taxi or just while strolling around and they are all very helpful and friendly, and nobody will try to rip you off or something, so no need to worry!
I hope you have a great trip!
Posted on: Jan 03, 2008
AtlantaScottyV says:
I think you're right, the UAE is safe for the most part. Who's the CIA Agent in the background watching someone take the pic? LOL.
Posted on: Jan 03, 2008
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