Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to the United Arab Emirates. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


The standard of hygiene and of the health care system is very high in the UAE. Tap water is usually safe to drink, although many travellers prefer to drink bottled water.

If you become ill, four and five star hotels can organise a doctor to visit the hotel at short notice. Hospitals are of a high standard and are located throughout the country.