Tap Water Safety in the United Arab Emirates

Can you drink the tap water in United Arab Emirates?

In general, yes.

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in United Arab Emirates (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in United Arab Emirates think about the tap water?

The UAE’s tap water is perfectly safe to drink. It is desalinated water so it does have a slight taste.

The most commonly searched cities in United Arab Emirates are:

For a full list of cities in United Arab Emirates, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.

World Health Organization United Arab Emirates Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 98 percent of United Arab Emirates have access to drinkable tap water.

World Health Organization's 2017 United Arab Emirates Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout United Arab Emirates includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

DataDescription
Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited
National
20003155-96%4%
20179400-98%2%
Rural
2000631---
20171316---
Urban
20002524---
20178084---

What Do People In United Arab Emirates Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of United Arab Emirates have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

DescriptionScoreRating
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility35%Moderate
Water Pollution40%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility65%High
Water Quality60%Moderate

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