11 Oct 2016 AT 11:36 AM

UAE named one of world’s safest countries

It comes in way above the UK and the US
11 Oct 2016 AT 11:36 AM
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WEF, Report, Around town, News, UAE
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A new report has named the UAE one of the safest countries in the world! According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), the UAE is the third safest country, behind Qatar and Finland, which took the top spot in the latest Travel and Tourism report.

This interactive map by The Telegraph shows which countries are rated the best for safety and security, with the lightest colours receiving the highest scores.

The report explained: “The UAE benefited from redirected demand as it was regarded as a “safe” destination; occupancy for the year increased 8 per cent. This is supported by its world-renowned air transport infrastructure (3rd) and positioning as a gateway for Europeans to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It has created extremely effective branding campaigns (1st) and an enabling business environment for the industry's development, with strides in travel facilitation and the liberalisation of its visa regime (30th). ”

It added: “While the UAE does not have rich natural resources (95th), it has built a unique environment to attract both business and leisure travellers. From Expo 2020 Dubai to the construction of the Louvre and Guggenheim, the UAE is investing in and giving significant importance to the development of the T&T [Travel and Tourism] industry."

Iceland and Austria completed the top five, followed by Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore. The United Kingdom didn’t even make the top 50, coming in at 63 on the ranking for safest countries, below the likes of Azerbaijan, Malaysia and Rwanda. The United States was in 73rd place behind Albania and Bahrain.

The rankings are based on "the costliness of common crime and violence as well as terrorism, and the extent to which police services can be relied upon to provide protection from crime," amongst other things.

Nigeria was at the bottom of the survey, with Colombia, Yemen, Pakistan and Venezuela finishing just above.

Top 10 safest countries according to WEF

1.       Finland

2.       Qatar

3.       UAE

4.       Iceland

5.       Austria

6.       Luxembourg

7.       New Zealand

8.       Singapore

9.       Oman

10.   Portugal

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