US Warns Against Travel to United Arab Emirates

Possibility of more Houthi attacks remains a serious concern

Missile and drone attacks on the UAE have killed three people in the past two weeks. Much more importantly, they changed the way people view the UAE, long a safe, stable country in the Middle East.

Adding to that concern, the US State Department has issued a warning against travel to the UAE going forward. They warned attacks hitting US interests in the country remain a serious concern.

If the UAE becomes too dangerous, the country could face staggering losses. The US warnings should be another warning sign for the UAE, suggesting they should find a way to extricate themselves from the conflict in Yemen, now that the damage is no longer confined to Yemen.

UAE officials remain somewhat in denial about this, saying the threats will not be “the new normal.” Bragging about their advanced defense systems, the UAE is still convinced that with this war they can have their cake and eat it too. It’s a mistake more than a few nations have fallen into.

With no military solution to Yemen, spillover violence is only going to be a bigger concern going forward, with tit-for-tat escalations encouraging more strikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.