The world’s safest cities have been mapped out and unsurprisingly the UAE has made it to the top three.

In fact the UAE has ranked in at third place, narrowly beaten to the second spot by Qatar. Topping the list was Scandinavia hot spot Finland, which ranked the highest for safety and security according to the World Economic Forum report.

Despite political unrest in the Middle East, which saw many Arab countries move down the list, the report revealed that Qatar and the UAE were unaffected.

In fact, both countries saw their tourism get an impressive boost. “Conversely, the UAE benefited from redirected demand as it was regarded as a “safe” destination; occupancy for the year increased 8 per cent,” read the report.


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This is great news, and great publicity, for both the UAE and Qatar who both have the world’s attention on them thanks to forthcoming major events – the Expo 2020 Dubai and the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The report also praised the UAE’s efforts at bringing in money that doesn’t rely on natural resources. “[The UAE] has built an 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 Travel & Tourism industry. 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). The country has a safe and secure environment.”

Check out who else made the list:

Top 20 safest countries in the world

  1. Finland – rating: 6.7
  2. Qatar – 6.61
  3. UAE – 6.6
  4. Iceland – 6.5
  5. Austria – 6.47
  6. Luxembourg – 6.46
  7. New Zealand – 6.41
  8. Singapore – 6.4
  9. Oman – 6.38
  10. Portugal – 6.33
  11. Switzerland – 6.32
  12. Hong Kong – 6.31
  13. Australia – 6.24
  14. Slovenia – 6.2
  15. Ireland – 6.18
  16. Belgium – 6.18
  17. Netherlands – 6.16
  18. Norway – 6.1
  19. Sweden – 6.1
  20. Germany – 6.06

Want to know more about the report read it here

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