According to a new research published by Which? Travel, the United Arab Emirates ranks as the second safest country in the world for tourists to visit, behind only Iceland.
The report, which uses 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, amongst other sources.
The United Arab Emirates came in at number two on the list of countries most at risk for criminal activity, ahead of Singapore, Spain, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, and Barbados.
According to the survey, Iceland was deemed to be the safest country out of a total of twenty countries that were considered to be ideal holiday destinations. Since the year 2000, there have been a total of thirty-six homicides in Iceland, which works out to approximately two per year on average. This is unfortunate, but it does imply that statistically speaking, it is one of the most peaceful nations in the world.
South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, India, and Mexico were the countries with the lowest ratings in the survey.
The survey also found that the United Arab Emirates is the third least likely country to suffer from a natural disaster, ranking below Barbados and Iceland and just ahead of Singapore and France respectively.
According to the findings of the study, Japan is the country most likely to be struck by a natural disaster.
It was also determined that there was a “minimal risk” for health concerns in the UAE, however “the possibility of terrorism cannot be ruled out everywhere.” The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) considers the possibility of terrorist attacks to be “probable” in the United Arab Emirates and “very likely” in a number of other countries, including Australia, Jordan, France, the United States, India, Thailand, and Turkey.
Numbeo, a crowdsourcing website that compiles worldwide data, ranked Abu Dhabi as the second safest country in the world for the second year in a row in the month of September. Out of the 338 cities included in the analysis, Dubai ranked 11th overall.