UAE adjudged third safest nation of the world

United Arab Emirates is rated third safest country in the world in 2016. Iraq, North Korea and Libya did not figure in the list

A report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), has adjudged the United Arab Emirates as the third safest country in the world.

Finland and Qatar are ranked first and second, respectively, by the WEF.

Austria and Iceland have also made it to the  top five safest nations in the world, as reported by Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015. India ranks 52nd in the list.

According to the WEF report: “While the UAE does not have rich natural resources (95th), it has built a unique environment to attract both business and leisure travelers. 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.”

The report also stated: “Conversely, 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.”

The UK was ranked at the 63rd position, whereas the US was seen to be occupying a lower 73rd place. Kazahkstan, Bahrain and Albania also followed the former.

There was absolutely no mention of some of the countries, which included North Korea, Libya, Iraq, Ukraine and Afghanistan. Yemen, Pakistan, Nigeria, Venezuela, and Colombia, however, managed to make it to the list, although they were placed at the bottom most.

According to the reports the decisions were made by taking into account “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.”

The top 10 safest countries in the world are:

  1. Finland
  2. Qatar
  3. UAE
  4. Iceland
  5. Austria
  6. Luxembourg
  7. New Zealand
  8. Singapore
  9. Oman
  10. Portugal
  11. Switzerland
  12. Hong Kong
  13. Australia
  14. Slovenia
  15. Ireland
  16. Belgium
  17. Netherlands
  18. Norway
  19. Sweden
  20. Germany