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It's official: Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world

Issac John /Dubai Filed on March 23, 2021
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Dubai ranks first in more than 11 indicators on Personal Safety.

Dubai has come first in more than 11 personal safety indicators within varied competitiveness indices to place itself within the top 20 safest cities in the world.

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A policy brief released recently by the Dubai Competitiveness Office said Dubai utilised its fundamentals on safety and security to sustain its top rankings in competitiveness and set standards for effectively managing the global Covid-19 crisis.

Dubai ranks 1st in more than 11 indicators on Personal Safety within different competitiveness indices. These were mainly the Safe Cities Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit, where scores look at Personal, Infrastructure, Health and Digital safety; as well as the Smart Cities report by IMD World Competitiveness Centre.

The indicators where Dubai ranked first reflects the distinguished role of the local police and other institutions in prioritizing personal safety.

“For decades, Dubai has demonstrated an utmost desire to maintain the UAE’s status as a secure haven. Progressive and ambitious socio-economic reforms and strategies, including the numerous national plans, continue to bring heavy investments and people to the emirate.

"The government and leadership emphasising safety and security of citizens, residents and visitors as a paramount objective plays a key role in attracting investors and the world’s leading talent to Dubai and enabling them to live, work and prosper here,” said Sami Al Qamzi, director general of Dubai Economy.

Hani Al Hamli, manager of Dubai Competitiveness Office, said safety and security are integral to quality of life, which in turn is an essential element of the competitiveness Dubai emphasizes as its biggest advantage.

“The policy brief clearly demonstrates Dubai’s commitment to the safety and security of its residents and citizens as well as to the overall integrity of the emirate and the nation as a whole. Dubai goes above and beyond to ensure that there is no safer place than within its border, and the message was particularly loud and clear during the Covid-19 phase.”


Issac John

Editorial Director of Khaleej Times, is a well-connected Indian journalist and an economic and financial commentator. He has been in the UAE's mainstream journalism for 35 years, including 23 years with Khaleej Times. A post-graduate in English and graduate in economics, he has won over two dozen awards. Acclaimed for his authentic and insightful analysis of global and regional businesses and economic trends, he is respected for his astute understanding of the local business scene.

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