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Heightened security fears for travel to the UAE

British expatriates and tourists in the United Arab Emirates have been warned to exercise caution after the Foreign Office raised the risk of terrorism to its highest level. It said attacks on the UAE, which includes the popular shopping destination of Dubai and the wealthy capital of Abu Dhabi, could happen at any time and would be “indiscriminate” in their target. The terror threat has been increased to high, which means a “high level of known terrorist activity.” A statement on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website said that “there is a high threat from terrorism. We believe terrorists may be planning to carry out attacks in the UAE. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could happen at any time, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers, such as residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests.” More than a million British visitors travel to the UAE every year and as many as 120,000 British nationals live and work in the country, where they can earn relatively high wages. The FCO says most visits to the Muslim country are trouble-free and incidents of street crime are rare but they do strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. This is where a good travel insurance policy comes into play because when it all starts to go wrong on holiday, you need to have something to fall back on to get you out of trouble. But please be aware that most travel insurance providers will have general exclusion clauses when it comes to civil unrest, disturbances, terrorist acts and war so it does pay to check your policy wording. Generally, medical expenses and medical repatriation will be included within your travel insurance policy but if you want to be covered for all eventualities then you will have to pay an increased premium for this. ¬†¬†This article is brought to you by travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

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