Tap Water Safety in the United Arab Emirates

Last UpdateApril 8, 2021 12:53 pm

How do People In United Arab Emirates Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 35% Low
  • Water Pollution 40% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 65% High
  • Water Quality 60% High

Can you drink the tap water in United Arab Emirates?

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.


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.