The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has advised citizens travelling to, or living in London, to exercise caution in light of the recent surge in violent attacks.
“We advise our citizens to take special care, especially at night, and avoid wearing valuable items that attract attention in public places,” the ministry’s tweet, read in part.
The ministry also encouraged the citizens in the metropolis to liaise with the embassy and contact authorities regarding any security issues.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation warns UAE citizens residing in or traveling to London of a recent increase in violence and knife crime, including a number of attacks on citizens of Arab Gulf states pic.twitter.com/V1hp2Zsdu6
— UAE Embassy UK (@UAEEmbassyUK) December 7, 2019
The travel alert comes in wake of the death of a 26-year old Omani student, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Araimi, who was reportedly stabbed for his watch outside the Harrods store in Knightsbridge, London on Friday, December 6.
There were 43,516 knife crime offences in the 12 months ending March 2019, BBC reported in July this year. The figures exclude those from Greater Manchester Police.