UAE, Oman and Qatar among safest places in the world

According to the World Economic Forum, the UAE is the second safest country in the world. Here are the top 10.

Meryl D'Souza May 28, 2017

With Ramadan already underway, it’s just a matter of time before Eid comes around and you can revel in that long weekend downtime. We suggest you start planning your holiday soon.

Of course, with a spike in acts of terrorism across the world, we wouldn't blame you for being cautious about where you should for your next holiday. Perhaps the World Economic Forum’s latest report can sway your decision.

The Geneva-based non-profit foundation’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 looks at the extent to which a country exposes tourists and business to security risks including violence and terrorism.

To compile the report, the WEF used third-party data that looked at how many terrorist incidents occurred between 2010 and 2012, and how many fatalities and injuries happened in this same period.

The safety and security rating was one section of a biennial report that ranked 136 countries on factors and policies that influence the travel and tourism sector and contribute to a country’s development and competitiveness.

In terms of safety, these countries featured in the top 10:

  • 1. Finland
  • 2. United Arab Emirates
  • 3. Iceland
  • 4. Oman
  • 5. Hong Kong
  • 6. Singapore
  • 7. Norway
  • 8. Switzerland
  • 9. Rwanda
  • 10. Qatar 

While you may be surprised to see UAE and Oman in the top five, and Rwanda and Qatar breaking into the top 10, spare a thought for places like the United Kingdom who came in 78th while the United States of America ranked 84th - behind Gabon and Algeria.

Pablo Escobar’s home, Colombia, was revealed to be the least safe destination in the world.

In the overall rankings, Spain was named the world’s most tourist-friendly country for the second time followed by France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. 

The UAE was crowned the most tourist-friendly country from the GCC and ranked 29th globally while its nearest competition came from Qatar that managed to come in at 47.