UAE Foreign Ministry warns of London's "dangerous areas"

The Foreign Ministry of the United Arab Emirates has released a list of places in London that it believes are the most dangerous for tourists.

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Met Police: 'nowhere in London should be avoided'

There is "absolutely nowhere in London which should be avoided", Scotland Yard has insisted after the United Arab Emirates released a map of "dangerous areas" in the capital.

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Oxford Street and Piccadilly are among the areas identified in maps published by the UAE foreign ministry as having high rates of pickpocketing, theft and fraud

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Dangerous areas included Marble Arch station, Edgware Road and beyond the Metropole Hotel, as well as an area including Piccadilly, Bond Street, Soho, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road. The ministry describes the West End as an area of global trade and said: "This area includes the famous Selfridges, which attracts many Emiratis."

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"There is absolutely nowhere in London which should be avoided. We understand the incidents involving Emirati nationals earlier this year was shocking, but it was also very, very rare. London is one of the safest major cities in the world and crime continues to fall and overall crime in Westminster is down by 16.4%. Police presence is high and post-Ramadan, with the traditional influx of visitors from the UAE, we reviewed our policing plans so we have a strong presence from our policing teams and officers working in plain clothes. We are also profiling busy times of the week when visitor spots and iconic destinations in central London become busy."

– Metropolitan Police Service commander Makhdum Chishty

Oxford Street and Piccadilly are "dangerous areas", according to UAE Foreign Ministry

Oxford Street was named on the list of "dangerous areas". Credit: PA

The United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a map showing what it thinks are "dangerous areas" of London. It named Oxford Street, Edgware Road, Piccadilly and Soho as the worst areas.

The advice came after two incidents where citizens from the Emirates were attacked by armed robbers in London. However, the Metropolitan Police has said it does not believe that tourists need to avoid any areas of the capital.


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