Date :Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 | Time : 00:56 |ID: 78510 | Print

Middle East countries are Safe to travel

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SHAFAQNA- With the rising threat of terrorism across the globe, traveling away from home can feel scary — specifically to places near the heart of tension. But a new report has revealed that a number of Middle Eastern countries are safer than the USA or many countries when it comes to travel.

Parts of the Middle East and North Africa are safer by a range of measures than some more popular holiday destinations, according to data sources collated by Which?, a major independent consumer body in the UK.

Which? ranked 20 of the most popular destinations around the world for their safety. It took into consideration several factors like crime rates, the likelihood of terrorist attacks, natural disasters and health concerns. The consumer body viewed statistics produced by the World Economic Fund, for crime rates, the World Risk Report, for likelihood of major natural disasters, the NHSFit for Travel website for health risks and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s assessment of terrorism risk levels.

The report – undertaken by Which? Travel – found that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the second safest country to travel to, second only to Iceland where only 36 people have been murdered since 2000.

A few months ago, telegraph reported  that the presence of the United Arab Emirates and Oman in the top five, and Qatar in the top 10, will no doubt surprise many given their location in the troubled Middle East.

The UAE and Singapore were also considered extremely safe, with Spain the next safest of the six popular European holiday destinations that we looked at.

Jordan has a lower risk of crime than France, Italy, the US and Thailand. Morocco has less crime and a lower risk of terrorism than most of Europe and the US, asiain surance review noticed. Neither country has high risk of natural disaster or significant health risks.

One excellent source of information is anyone who lives in, or has recently traveled to, the destination you are considering. News reports can be both dramatic and one-sided. They can make it seem that a country is on the brink of civil war, when most folks are going out for dinner or for a day at the beach.

On the other hand, newspapers won’t necessarily report something as intangible as “rising tensions,” and that might be a very good reason to postpone a visit. Speaking to someone who is there, on the ground, can help you better assess the situation.

In short, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Morocco, Jordan are Safest countries to visit.

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