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70% of UAE residents are not covered by home insurance

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Despite understanding the risks associated with not being covered by home contents insurance, the majority of UAE residents are not signed up to a home insurance policy, according to a recent survey from yallacompare.com, the Middle East’s leading comparison site.

The survey revealed that 69.1% of people in the UAE are currently not signed up to a home contents insurance policy. This is despite the fact that the vast majority (84.5%) of UAE residents admit that they would feel more comfortable in the knowledge that their belongings are covered by home insurance when they travel.

The reasons why so many UAE residents aren’t signed up to home insurance despite understanding the risks associated with not being covered are varied. The reason cited by the most respondents (35.5%) was that they understood the importance of home insurance, but prefer to simply take the chance that nothing will happen.

However, the biggest surprise of the survey was that 35% of respondents said that they don’t see the point in home insurance. This is despite the fact that two-thirds of respondents who provided this answer also claimed they’d feel safer about their homes when they travel if they were covered with home insurance.

“What this survey illustrates is a need for greater education on home insurance in the UAE. It would appear that, while UAE residents associate the idea of home insurance with safety and protection, many don’t understand the practical benefits that come with having your belongings covered by a home insurance policy,” said Jonathan Rawling, CFO of yallacompare.com

“If disaster struck and all of your belongings were either lost or destroyed, replacing everything would mean parting with an awful lot of money. A home insurance policy would protect you against that expense, with the insurer footing all, or at least part, of the bill. Of course, we live in a relatively safe part of the world, but accidents and upsets can and do happen, meaning it makes sense to protect yourself.”

For many respondents to compareit4me’s survey, however, the risk of this expense is one worth taking. Over 19% said that the primary reason for not being covered by home insurance was that they thought coverage was too expensive, while 9.2% claimed that home insurance was too difficult to arrange.

“We’re hoping to get across with this survey that, actually, home insurance is useful, and it can be cheap and easy to arrange. The average policy sold on yallacompare.com goes for AED 220 – not bad compared to the AED 28,000 it would cost to re-furnish the average one-bedroom apartment in the UAE. And the best part is that coverage can be arranged at the click of a button,” said Rawling.

However, the survey did offer some encouragement that UAE residents are, on the whole, taking the idea of home insurance more seriously. A survey conducted by Qatar Insurance Company in 2016 found that just 9% of UAE residents were covered with home insurance. That over 30% are now covered, according to compareit4me’s more recent survey, suggests that UAE residents are more willing to purchase coverage.

“This statistic is supported by the growth we’ve seen in home insurance policy sales, which have tripled during the first half of 2017. However, there are plenty of people still without protection, and as we argued in a study conducted last year, given the numbers, it’s a no-brainer to get coverage in case anything happens to your home,” said Rawling.

The survey this press release is based on was conducted between June and July 2017, and compiled responses from over 330 individuals residing in the UAE.

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