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UAE Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Mar 10, 2003

This Travel Warning is being issued to alert U.S. citizens that the Department of State has authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai on a voluntary basis. Due to heightened tensions and increased security concerns resulting from the current situation in the region, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to the UAE. U.S. citizens in the UAE should consider departing.

On March 10, 2003, the Department of State authorized the departure of family members and non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai on a voluntary basis. The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General in Dubai remain open to provide the full range of services to American citizens and the general public.

U.S. citizens who remain in or travel to the UAE despite this warning should register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai and enroll in the warden system (emergency alert network) in order to obtain updated information on travel and security in the UAE. Americans in the UAE should exercise caution and take prudent measures to maintain their security. Americans should remain vigilantly aware of surroundings, avoid crowds and demonstrations, keep a low profile, vary times and routes for all travel, and ensure that travel documents are current.

The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi is located on 11th St., also known as Al-Sudan St., P.O. Box 4009. The telephone number is (971) (2) 443-6691, and the Consular Section fax number is (971) (2) 443-5786. The after hours telephone number is (971) (2) 443-4457. The Embassy internet website is http://www.usembabu.gov.ae.

The U.S. Consulate General in Dubai is located on the 21st floor of the Dubai World Trade Center, P.O. Box 9343. The telephone number is (971) (4) 311-6000, and the Consular Section fax number is (971) (4) 331-8594. The website for the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai can be accessed through the Embassy website. The workweek for both the Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate in Dubai is Saturday through Wednesday.

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