Looking at the US state department's website (http://travel.state.gov/
), the United Arab Emirates looks reasonably safe. They have the general mideast/N Africa be cautious of risks of terrorism warning, but there isn't any specific problem with the UAE or Dubai in particular. Except don't go boating in the disputed waters between Iran and the UAE and don't take pictures of/try to map high-value targets. You seem to be perfectly comfortable with the security, but I thought others here might be interested in it. Apparently, "Crime generally is not a problem for travelers in the UAE." Nice.
I think everybody's covered the "just don't be rude about eating in front of other people during daylight" bit; I've never been to a predominantly Muslim country during Ramadan, but that advice simply makes sense!
Just for your amusement and reading pleasure (and, yes, they put risks of kidnapping and the like in this section; just go read Mexico's entry; it's really, really long):
The extent of the "Crime" entry for the UAE:
|Crime generally is not a problem for travelers in the UAE. However, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to take normal precautions against theft, such as not leaving a wallet, purse, or credit card unattended. Although vehicle break-ins in the UAE are rare, U.S. citizens are encouraged to ensure that unattended vehicles are locked and that valuables are not left out in plain sight.
Just for contrast, here's the "Crime" entry for Canada:
|Although criminal activity in Canada is more common in urban areas, violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery and rape can occur throughout the country. Visitors to large cities should be aware that parked cars are regularly targeted for opportunistic smash-and-grab thefts, and they are cautioned to avoid leaving any possessions unattended in a vehicle, even in the trunk. Due to the high incidence of such crimes, motorists in Montreal, Vancouver and some other jurisdictions can be fined for leaving their car doors unlocked or for leaving valuables in view. Auto theft in Montreal and Vancouver, including theft of motor homes and recreational vehicles, may occur in patrolled and overtly secure parking lots and decks. SUVs appear to be the particular targets of organized theft.
While Canadian gun control laws are much more strict than those of the U.S., such laws have not prevented gun-related violence in certain areas of Toronto.