Abu Dhabi has been named as one of the safest cities in the Middle East and Africa with Doha second and Kuwait City coming in third. According to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index 2015, the nation’s capital was ranked 25th out of 50 cities evaluated in the report.
Cities were ranked through a scoring system spread across four categories; digital security, health security, infrastructure safety, and personal safety.
In the digital security category, Abu Dhabi was ranked ninth and Kuwait City was 23 while for health security — which looks at factors such as the ratio of hospital beds to population and life expectancy — Abu Dhabi neared the bottom at number 45 out of the 50 cities. For the same category, Kuwait did better at number 39. With regards to Infrastructure Safety, Abu Dhabi outscored Kuwait City securing number 10 and Kuwait City was 39. Abu Dhabi was only marginally ahead in the Personal Safety category in the 32 spot and Kuwait City was in number 43.
Abu Dhabi was noted as an exception in the region by the report’s authors, who said wealth and an abundance of resources do not guarantee a safe environment for residents. Four of the five Middle Eastern cities in the top 50 were all considered “high income”, however, Abu Dhabi was the only city to make it to the top half of the list, above regional neighbours Doha (29), Kuwait City (36), Riyadh (46), and Tehran (49).
Tokyo, the world’s most populous city, came out on top in the overall rankings, followed by Singapore and Osaka. Jakarta rounds out the list at number 50. The index’s 50 cities were selected by The Economist Intelligence Unit based on factors such as their prominence in the region and the availability of data. Research was supplemented with the input of a range of global leaders in education, government, and the private sector, the report said.
Here is the list of the top 25 safest cities:
Top 25 Safest Cities
10 New York
11 Hong Kong
12 San Francisco
17 Los Angeles
19 Washington DC
25 Abu Dhabi