Accidents and emergencies in the United Arab Emirates

Updated 2021-11-15 08:40

The UAE is a generally safe country to travel to and live in. It has a very low crime rate and violent crime is rare. With that, in the unfortunate case that you do run into an emergency, it's good to know what to do and who to call. In this mini-guide, you will find useful emergency numbers and services in the UAE.

Emergency phone numbers in the UAE

UAE's primary emergency number is 999. It will connect you to the police and should be enough in most emergency situations.

Other important numbers include:

  • Ambulance: 998
  • Fire department: 997
  • Coastguard: 996
  • Electricity failure: 911
  • Water failure: 922

All of the above numbers are toll-free.

When you call the emergency hotline in the UAE, be prepared that you will be answered in Arabic. English and other language speaking operators are available upon request. With that, having an Arabic speaker by your side when you call the hotline can be very helpful.

To describe your emergency, you will need to provide the following:

  • Your name
  • The type of accident you are in
  • The exact location of your emergency
  • Whether anyone has been injured and their current state

Depending on the nature of your emergency, additional information may be requested.

Reporting a crime in the UAE

If you want to report a crime anonymously, you can call a confidential hotline.

  • In Dubai, this is the Al Ameen hotline available at 800 4888.
  • In Abu Dhabi, it's the Aman service at 800 2626 or 800 2828 (via SMS).
  • In Sharjah, it's the Najeed hotline at 800 151 or 7999 (via SMS)

Medical emergencies in the UAE

To report a medical emergency in the UAE, you should call the ambulance at 988. The average ambulance response time across the UAE is around eight minutes -- and if you are located close to a hospital, it may be quicker to drive there yourself or call a taxi.

In a medical emergency, you will be referred to the nearest hospital for diagnosis and immediate treatment. However, you may later be transferred to a different facility that is better equipped to handle your case.

Note that there is an ambulance call charge in the UAE -- ranging from AED 600 to AED 1,200. However, this fee will be handled entirely by your insurance provider and, as a patient, you will not bear any cost under any circumstances.

Road emergencies in the UAE

If you are in a traffic accident in the UAE, you must immediately call the emergency number (999) and report it to the police. Leaving the scene of a collision is illegal. Moreover, failing to stop after an accident is punishable by a fee, six black points and vehicle confiscation.

For roadside assistance in the UAE, you can contact:

Roadside Assistance Dubai 056 1158598

Department of Transport Abu Dhabi 800850

TRAC UAE 971 8004565

For more information on driving in the UAE, refer to the Driving in the United Arab Emirates article.

Pet emergencies in the UAE

If you are settling in the UAE with a pet, make sure to locate the nearest pet hospital in your area. With that, there are several vet clinics that offer 24-hour emergency pet care:

Pet Connection, Dubai 055 223 0641 (emergency)

British Veterinary Center UAE, Abu Dhabi 050 823 0780 (emergency)

Umm Suqeim Veterinary Center 04-321-0799 / 04-348-3799

If you spot a homeless animal in need of assistance, you can also contact one of the animal rescue centres:

Yanni Animal Welfare, Dubai

RAK Animal Welfare Centre, Ras Al Khaimah 0563576029 (emergency)

Additional useful links:

UAE Ministry of Health

Dubai Health Authority

Abu Dhabi Government Services

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