UAE Releases Travel Advisory Following Reports of High Thefts in Six Countries

Omar Abbas - | Arab

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a travel advisory on Thursday in response to an increased number of theft incidents reported by Emirati travelers across multiple countries.

UAE Issues Travel Advisory

According to the ministry, Emiratis visiting Spain, Georgia, Italy, the UK, France, and Austria have encountered thefts during their trips to these destinations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mofa) highlighted a notable rise in theft cases involving Emirati citizens, prompting urgent measures to enhance traveler safety. In light of these reports, Mofa emphasized the importance of vigilance and adherence to recommended precautions.

Dos and Don'ts for Travelers

In its advisory, Mofa outlined several key guidelines for Emirati travelers:

  • Avoid wearing valuable or rare items. This recommendation aims to minimize the risk of becoming a target for theft or robbery.
  • Secure official documents: It is advised to keep passports and other important documents securely stored at the place of residence or accommodation.
  • Use reputable service providers: When booking rental cars and hotels, travelers are advised to opt for well-established global companies to mitigate the potential for scams and fraudulent activities.

The ministry underscored the importance of adhering to local travel guidelines and regulations in each destination. Emirati travelers were encouraged to familiarize themselves with local laws and customs to avoid inadvertently attracting unwanted attention or encountering legal issues abroad.

Twajudi Service and Emergency Assistance

As part of its comprehensive approach to traveler safety, Mofa urged Emirati citizens to register for the Twajudi service. This service facilitates communication and provides assistance during emergencies abroad, ensuring swift response and support when needed most.

In cases of urgent assistance, Emirati travelers were advised to contact the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs emergency helpline at 0097180024. This dedicated line is available to provide immediate assistance and guidance in navigating emergencies while abroad.

Commitment to Safety and Support

The travel advisory reflects the UAE government's commitment to prioritizing the safety and well-being of its citizens traveling overseas. By issuing timely warnings and practical guidelines, Mofa aims to empower Emirati travelers to make informed decisions and take proactive steps to safeguard themselves from potential risks.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs' issuance of a travel advisory underscores the importance of proactive safety measures and responsible travel practices. By heeding the dos and don'ts provided, Emirati travelers can enhance their safety and minimize vulnerabilities while exploring international destinations. This advisory not only aims to mitigate risks associated with theft but also reinforces the government's ongoing efforts to support and protect its citizens abroad.

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