UAE ranked as world’s second safest destination

The UAE is the second safest destination to visit as a tourist, behind only Iceland, according to a new report from Which? Travel.

The report, which relies on data from the World Economic Fund, the World Risk Report, the NHS Fit for Travel website and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s terrorism risk assessments.

In terms of crime risks, the UAE came in second, ahead of Singapore, Spain, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and Barbados.

“Of the 20 holiday destinations that we looked at, Iceland, unsurprisingly, came out as the safest country,” the report said. “Thirty six people have been murdered in Iceland since the year 2000, an average of around two a year. This is tragic but means, statistically, that it’s one of the world’s most peaceful nations.”

The worst rated in the report were South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, India and Mexico.

The report also indicated that the UAE is the third least likely country to suffer from a natural disaster, behind Barbados and Iceland and just ahead of Singapore and France.

The most likely place to experience a natural disaster was found to be Japan.

The UAE was also found to be “low risk” for health concerns, while “terrorism cannot be ruled out anywhere.” According to the FCO, terrorism is “likely” in the UAE, and “very likely” in Australia, Jordan, France, the United States, India, Thailand and Turkey.

In September, crowdsourced global data website Numbeo named Abu Dhabi as the second safest country in the world for a second consecutive year. Dubai came in 11th place out of the 338 cities in the data.

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