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Published on : Monday, April 17, 2017
According to a report from World Economic Forum (WEF), the UAE is the second safest country in the world right after Finland. It is also the safest in the Gulf region. The report said “It is also one of the most secure destinations (2nd), and has a well-developed hospitality and entertainment infrastructure (27th).”
The UAE is the most competitive economy for developing its travel and tourism sector in the Middle East and North Africa and ranks number two globally for tourism safety. Spain tops the 2017 edition of the TTCI global rankings for the second time, followed by France (2nd), Germany (3rd), Japan (4th, gaining five places), the UK (5th), the US (6th, losing two places), Australia (7th), Italy (8th), Canada (9th, up one) and Switzerland (10th, losing four places).
However, in spite of all these improvements, the UAE fell by few positions in the rankings, due to outstanding performances of countries in other regions, especially, South Korea and Greece. The WEF report said that to improve its competitiveness further, the UAE should focus on becoming more open (75th), expanding its health facilities, and making better use of its natural resources (91st).
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, the UAE Minister of Economy said that the tourism sector of the country would contribute 5.4% annually over the next 10 years to reach Dh236.8 billion by year 2026.