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Safety & Security (Middle East)

Safety & Security 

All travellers should maintain a high level of personal security. The Middle East is known to be safe, and crime is low. However, petty crime still happens. To protect yourself from petty crime avoid walking alone at night, keep your belongings close, don't accept drinks/food or cigarettes from strangers and don’t leave food or drinks unattended. Please keep in mind that cash or wallets in pockets, obvious jewellery and swinging handbags may attract unwanted attention. Make sure your valuables and cash are secure and inconspicuous.

Do not leave any valuables unattended in your hotel room. There are safe deposit boxes available at reception to lock valuables away as most hotels will not have in-room safes. Bring a lock for your main luggage. While sightseeing or travelling between cities, you must carry these valuables with you.

Scammers operate in tourist areas through ATM card skimming devices. Always keep your card in sight when shopping.

Demonstrations are common in the Middle East and can happen in some cities following a political development or a religious commemoration. They often occur after Friday midday prayers but can happen at other times. Most protests are peaceful but take extra care and avoid being exposed during demonstrations.

Emergency Numbers in Egypt

Police: 122 or 123

Ambulance: 123

Fire: 180 or 123

Emergency Numbers in Jordan

Police: 911

Ambulance: 911

Fire: 911

You can ask for an English-speaking operator

Emergency Numbers in Israel

Police: 100

Ambulance: 101

Fire: 102

Emergency Numbers in Saudi Arabia

Police: 911

Ambulance: 997

Fire: 998

Online Information

For the latest Health and Safety information for travellers visit www.smartraveller.gov.au