UK issues UAE terror alert

The UK Foreign Office has warned British nationals in the United Arab Emirates that there is now a high risk of a terror attack there.The new advice does not give details about why there was believed to be a more serious threat than the general one previously issued to UK nationals.

It now reads, “There is a high threat from terrorism.  We believe terrorists may be planning to carry out attacks in the UAE.  Attacks could be indescriminate 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.  You should maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places.”

The UAE has had no major terrorism incidents and expats make up a majority of the population. High is the most serious of four terrorism risk levels which the Foreign Office uses in its travel warnings, the others being “general”, “underlying” and “low”.  More than a million people travelled to the UAE from Britain in 2006.