Emiratis told to avoid certain areas of London

Popular locations such as Oxford Circus, Soho and Piccadilly deemed high risk for security
Emiratis told to avoid certain areas of London
Commuters queue to enter Oxford Circus tube station, deemed a high risk area by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Thu 14 Aug 2014 10:31 AM

The UAE has warned Emiratis visiting London to avoid certain areas of the British capital, including popular locations such as Oxford Circus, due to the threat of criminal activity such as pickpocketing, theft and fraud, The Gulf Today reported.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) reportedly published maps of areas which they said UAE citizens should avoid or be cautious in while visiting the city.

The locations are based on information from the Metropolitan Police in the UK and the most dangerous areas were deemed to be around the Edgware Road area, which is between Marble Arch Station-south and Edgware Road to beyond Metropole hotel.

The Oxford Road area, between Marble Arch Station-west to Tottenham Court Road-east passing by stations of Bond Street and Oxford Circus, Soho and Piccadilly areas were also seen as high risk.

Shepherd's Bush and the Queensway were also highlighted for their lack of security.

The move comes after three Emirati women were attacked with a hammer in the luxury Cumberland Hotel earlier this year, and an Emirati couple were robbed in their house in the Paddington area of the city.

In April, London Police moved to assure the public there is no link between the two serious violent attacks but acknowledged the “tragic coincidence”.

The incidents sparked heated debate on social media networks with Twitter hashtags trending such as “Dubai Summers rather than London hammers” and #london_is_not_safe.

“We acknowledge the tragic coincidence of two serious violent attacks against residents of UAE in London and the concern that it is bound to cause, but there is no reason to suggest these incidents are linked. We believe the victims in this latest case were not targeted because of their nationality,” Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

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