Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, attracts thousands of warm-seeking British tourists in autumn and winter.
However, following the outbreak of war in Israel and Gaza, some people may be concerned about the safety of traveling to the Middle East at this time.
As the crow flies, Dubai is more than 1,200 miles from Israel. To put this in perspective: parts of Italy are closer to the conflict zone. Sharm El Sheikh in Egyptwhere the holiday is celebrated as usual, is just over 100 miles from Israel.
However, flights to Dubai may have to take alternative flight routes due to the conflict, and the Foreign Office has advisories regarding terrorism in the UAE.
Here’s everything you need to know about traveling to Dubai and the rest of the UAE, whether it’s safe to visit and your rights if you decide to cancel your next holiday.
Is the United Arab Emirates affected by the conflict between Hamas and Israel?
To date, the United Arab Emirates has not been affected by the conflict.
On October 8, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the attacks carried out by Hamas against Israel as a “serious and grave escalation.”
“Civilians on both sides should always have full protection under international humanitarian law and should never be targets of conflict,” the ministry added.