UAE follows Iceland to become the world’s second-safest country in 2021

The UAE has been rated as the second-safest country in the world, according to a new report compiled by Global Finance magazine.

The high ranking came in this year’s safety index of 134 countries. The index takes into account three fundamental factors – war, personal security and risk of natural disasters. This year, it also includes risk factors stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UAE’s high ranking can be attributed to its robust health sector and Covid-19 vaccination campaign. The UAE is now among the world’s most-vaccinated nations, with 64% of residents fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Other Gulf countries were also rated highly. Qatar was ranked 3rd, Bahrain 12th, Kuwait 18th, Saudi Arabia 19th and Oman 25th.

Iceland was rated the safest country in the world, with Singapore, Finland, Mongolia, Norway, Denmark, Canada and New Zealand also making the top 10.

The world’s top-10 safest countries in 2021 according to the Global Finance index:

  1. Iceland
  2. UAE
  3. Qatar
  4. Singapore
  5. Finland
  6. Mongolia
  7. Norway
  8. Denmark
  9. Canada
  10. New Zealand

Australia narrowly missed the top 10 in 11th place, while other notable rankings included the UK in 38th place and the US in 71st.

Countries including the Philippines, Colombia, Guatemala, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Yemen and North Macedonia appeared towards the bottom of the list.