Dubai: The UAE was ranked as the world’s second safest country in 2021, according to new data released by Global Finance on Wednesday.
Global Finance’s safest countries index ranked 134 countries based on their response to the coronavirus, while also taking into account three main factors that included the risk of war and peace, personal security, and natural disaster, in addition to risk factors stemming from COVID-19.
The UAE also currently ranks first globally in COVID-19 vaccine doses given at 158.24 doses per 100 people, crossing 15.5 million doses so far.
In the new 2021 index, Iceland was ranked as the safest country, followed by the UAE and Qatar. Singapore came in fourth place, followed by Finland, Mongolia, Norway, Denmark, Canada, and New Zealand.
For countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Global Finance’s index ranked Qatar in 3rd spot, Bahrain at 12, Kuwait at 18, Saudi Arabia at 19, and Oman held 25th place.
The report pointed out that countries in North America, Europe, and some in the Middle East and Asia dominated the top spots mainly because of their wealth and developed status.
“Developed countries would also be much better equipped to handle something as dangerous and complex as a pandemic than their less-developed peers. Yet what we have seen is that many of the world’s major economic powers (US, France, UK) or regional powerhouses (Brazil, Russia, India, China) became epicenters of the pandemic in their areas of the world,” the report added.
Top 10 Safest countries
- New Zealand