The Gulf region is home to more than 1.5 billion people, with the vast majority living in the Middle East.
They are mostly Sunni Muslim and they have traditionally relied on the Gulf states for economic support and protection from Iran.
Now, with their governments facing the threat of instability in the region and economic hardship, people are asking: How do I keep myself safe?
The Gulf is not just a place for wealthy people to stay, and some say that the security measures put in place in the past are no longer sufficient.
Escorts, massage parlours and other brothels in the city of Dubai are among the businesses that have closed in recent months.
“There is no room for prostitution in the UAE anymore.
People have started to think twice about visiting the country,” said Fahad El-Haddad, a Dubai resident.
The government has also launched an investigation into the brothelters and escorts, which it says could amount to criminal offences.
“They are all connected to organised crime.
There are all these rumours, that they are criminals,” said Hassan Saleh, a taxi driver who owns a brothel in the eastern city of Jumeirah.”
I don’t know if there is any connection between the brothel and the government.
The only thing that I know is that I have stopped paying them for the last couple of months,” said the 32-year-old.
“The government is trying to shut down these places but the problem is that there are still many people here, and they are tired of paying their taxes.
They just don’t want to be in this situation,” he added.
In the past, Dubai offered protection from the threats of the Islamic State group (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) group to foreign visitors who paid their respects at its official cemeteries.
A statement from the city said that since January, security forces had arrested more than 40 people suspected of being IS supporters and were working to eliminate those networks.
Some local residents said the government has done little to protect them from the threat.
“There are people in Dubai who are getting ready to return to Syria to join IS.
There have been no changes at all.
They have been warned by the security authorities,” said one man, who did not want to give his name.
He said that a number of brothelers have fled the city and his family is worried about their safety.
“My wife and I are waiting for a message from them.
They don’t talk much,” he said.
Many of the establishments are located in the upscale area of Dubai’s eastern city, which is also home to some of the world’s most expensive mansions.
“The number of people who visit Dubai and stay there has doubled since the IS crackdown,” said Ahmed al-Saadi, a tourism expert and an associate professor at Dubai University.
In the country’s other largest city, Abu Dhabi, a number and growing number of businesses have closed.
Abu Dhabi’s interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, has said that authorities are looking into closing down brothells and massage parLourds.
While Dubai’s government has not commented on the brolters’ closures, the UAE’s tourism department said it had issued an alert about the issue in the wake of the “dangerous and illegal” behaviour.
“We are currently investigating the allegations and will provide more details as soon as we receive them,” said a spokesman for the UAE Tourism Ministry.
For a country with more than 300 million people, the Middle Eastern emirate has one of the highest rates of deaths in the world, with more people dying from natural causes than from the conflicts in the country.
Dubai has more than 15 million tourists a year and more than 4.5 million foreign residents, according to the International Tourism Organization.
According to the United Nations, Dubai has the third highest rate of air pollution in the global community, after Hong Kong and Singapore.
Most people in the emirates city of Sharjah, which has a population of around 250,000, work in the hospitality sector.
However, the country has faced problems with crime, particularly in recent years.
In 2012, there were 1,400 arrests for crimes including robbery and theft.
The police in the northern city of Dammam said that they had recovered more than 100 firearms, including guns used in the attack on the police officers and other weapons.
Police have been carrying out a crackdown on the business owners who have been linked to the crimes.
The police said that it was “the largest operation to arrest illegal businessmen in the Emirate” in recent times.
There were reports of police raids on the home of the president of Dubai Marina, Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in the central city of Ras Al Khaimah, on Monday.
Police said they were