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Abu Dhabi, the capital of The United Arab Emirates or the lesser known “big brother“ of Dubai.  While Dubai is known as the city that never sleeps with top sites and scenes, Abu Dhabi is where the real power of the country lies. Not only is it the place where the president resides, but it is also a center of the economy. One of the richest cities in the world with extremely strict laws. You’d think that the No1. city in the world for the lowest crime rate would be as safe as they say but is it?

Harsh penalties are installed to prevent anything to spoil this so-called heaven, but does it have its dark side? You’d think that no one dares to break the law with such harsh penalties involved such as stoning. Yeah, you read it right… But there is a big difference between the written law and actually applying it.


Theoretically, prostitution is prohibited in UAE, but actually, it is pretty common, especially in Abu Dhabi. The area’s daytime pedestrian traffic of residents and shop­patrons around Abu Dhabi’s oldest mall is gradually replaced by “ladies of the night” and their potential customers. Residents and shopkeepers say that, despite regular police raids, the continued presence of these women discouraged people from walking in the area at night. Merchants said the open trade was not only bad for business but also made it impossible to walk comfortably in the area. How is that possible in such a strict country? We wouldn’t say that it is dangerous, but it’s not something you’d enjoy seeing if you’re walking with your family.


While there are no official statistics, there may be as many as 1 million migrant construction workers in the UAE today. One would say that this is a nice way to give these poor people an opportunity to work and earn money. Well, that is not the case here.Reports about the conditions of workers have been wide and probing. Articles contrast the glittering skyscrapers they build since workers risk their lives for lousy salaries. Labor abuse is nothing new here.

Cyber Criminals

Cybercrime. Yeah, it’s true! Not as much as in the rest of the world though but still. Abu Dhabi and the whole UAE is among the top ten countries in the world vulnerable to cyber attacks. Emptying bank accounts, committing frauds, and other cyber crimes. Maybe it is not an ideal destination for depositing your cash, isn’t it?  Hackers choose this destination frequently and considering how rich this place is, it’s not a surprise really.


As a major commercial force in the region, Abu Dhabi is vulnerable for money laundering, though the UAE has taken some measures against organized crime, this criminal act has been and still is in its uprise and it doesn’t seem to be going down anytime soon.


Abu Dhabi is one of the richest cities in the world, yes, but it can’t be that everyone is rich! What about the poverty issue in Abu Dhabi and the UAE itself? Believe it or not, there are many poor people in Abu Dhabi too but those that are underpaid and poor are not featured in the media so we don’t see the other side. But what is the cause? Around 80% of people who receive help from Red Crescent have loans that leave them unable to pay for the essentials. People actually try really hard to appear rich even if they are not. On the contrary. The rich are getting richer and the poor are trying to look like them even though it hurts them more than it benefits them.

Money laundry

Do you still think everything is as good as in the brochure you saw in some fancy tourist agency? Think again, things are not as they seem and there is more to it than meets the eye. Yes, the numbers are great, but some things obviously do not work in this city. However, Abu Dhabi remains to be one of the safest cities in this modern world, at least for now.