While the UAE does not sit on a fault line, there have been incidents in the past where nearby seismic movements have been felt on land. In May 2014, tremors from a 5.1-magnitude earthquake tha struck Iran led to many buildings across the city being evacuated.
But thanks to Dubai's strict building regulations that require buildings of 10 floors or higher to be built to withstand a magnitude-5.9 earthquake, no significant structural damage or injuries were experienced.
The quake itself hit in what was described at the time as a 'an earthquake-prone area where light to moderate quakes are routine happenings', near Qeshm Island some 120km north of Ras Al Khaimah.
Earlier that year, repercussions of a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Pakistan’s southwestern region were felt in the UAE.
But residents of Dubai should not be unduly concerned. In June last year, it was reported in The National that towers like the world's tallest, Burj Khalifa, as well as Dubai World Trade Centre, the city's original skyscraper, had adopted an earthquake-detection system to help determine when to evacuate highly populated areas.