UAE tops MENA countries for tourism safety

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The UAE ranks first for tourism safety in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region,
according to the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017, published recently by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The WEF is a international non-profit body based in Davos, Switzerland, with a committee established ‘to improve the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas’. Up to 500 established business and political leaders meet each year to discuss pressing issues facing the world, producing in-depth research and reports which are recognised internationally. “The United Arab Emirates, ranked 29th globally, continues to be the most travel and tourism competitive country in the MENA region by far,” the report said.
“The country’s performance continues to improve, rising 1.4 percent in its score since 2015, continuing to offer an outstanding business environment,” the report added. The UAE was followed by Qatar in 47th position globally, Bahrain in 60th position, with Saudi Arabia 63rd, and the Sultanate of Oman 66th.
In addition, the UAE came fifth internationally for business environment, followed by Qatar and preceded only by the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong in first place. Adding further accolades to its enviable track record, the country ranked third globally for air transport infrastructure, preceded only by the United States and Canada.

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