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The Safest countries in the Middle East: UAE ranks Second Place

Published 01.06.2021

The Safest countries in the Middle East: UAE ranks Second Place

The Middle East is one of the most fascinating places in the world. No wonder there are so many fairy tales and novels written about the Arabian culture. Despite the ongoing conflicts in some middle easten countries, most of the region is safe for travelers. The Middle East not only has stunning nature and landscapes but also a rich heritage and culture. Hence, you can combine a beach holiday with a visit to world-famous cultural sites. Explore the Middle East and discover the list of the safest and unsafest countries to visit in the region.

The Safest Places to Visit in the Middle East in 2021

1. Qatar

Qatar is one of the novelties in the tourist market, which is gradually gaining popularity. Qatar is a unique country anddespite the desire to follow modern technologies in construction, it pays great attention to the preservation of cultural heritage. Usually, most tourists do not go beyond the transfer hub - Doha Airport but this is an omission. Qatar offers a wide range of leisure activities from stunning beaches to falconry shows and museums. For several years this country has been ranked as the safest country in the world. In 2022, Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup.
2. The United Arab Emirates (the UAE)

The UAE is indeed a very safe country with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Tourists, as well as locals, can freely wander around the cities both day and night feeling totally secure. The government has achieved this level of security thanks to a low unemployment rate, a high standard of living, a solid emergency service infrastructure , and respect for the law. Every year the country invests a lot of money in special services and the police force, which means they can maintain impeccable order within the country.
The UAE is known for its no nonsense approach towards the country's strict laws and policies. Religion and cultural characteristics can affect the behavior requirements for both locals and travelers. In Sharjah, one of the other lesser known emirates in the UAE, alcohol is prohibited at all levels. Tourists cannot purchase alcohol in bars or carry alcohol in their luggage. The sale of alcohol in Sharjah is illegal and strictly punishable by law. On the beaches, tourists are advised to wear closed clothing, as the emirate of Sharjah has a strict dress code.
3. Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world where centuries-old history, Arab identity and picturesque landscapes are surprisingly combined. Oman is one of the safest countries in the world with an extremely low crime rate which meanstourists can travel within the county safely. In Oman, locals respect traditional Islamic norms and customs soduring your stay, you must follow local rules and adapt your behaviour to your surroundings. In public places, women should avoid excessively open or tight clothing. Men in turn, should avoid shorts or sleeveless T-shirts. Most hotels and restaurants have a license to sell alcoholic beverages, which must be consumed on the premises.. Drinking alcohol in public places, driving under the influence and transporting alcohol is punishable by law ( imprisonment).
4. Jordan

Holidays in Jordan attract more and more tourists every year. Despite its proximity to Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria, the Jordanian government is doing its best to protect residents and travelers. The country has implemented a strict regime which has seen crime rates reduced to a minimum. Local special service forces carry out a set of counter-terrorism measures which makes it possible to maintain public security at a proper level.
You can move around the city at any time of the day as there are patrolmen walking the streets. The population of Jordan is distinguished by its friendliness. Be ready to communicate with passers-by and exchange handshakes!
5. Kuwait

Kuwait is a sparsely populated country and is rarely chosen for a beach holiday so there is no chance of you having to squeeze in between a queue of tourists! Most often, people come to Kuwait to feel the real Middle East culture. Even though its infrastructure is not as developed as other middle eastern countries, Kuwait is a destination for wealthy tourists. Its capital, Kuwait City is safe for everyone. The city is under constant police patrol, so there is almost no level of crime. In addition, there are no restrictions on movement in Kuwait. For your vacation to go smoothly, follow the general rules; dress modestly, do not take photos without permission, and smoke on the street, not inside

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Most dangerous countries

1. Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, remained a closed country for quite some time. Until 2019 only entrepreneurs, foreign workers, and pilgrims were allowed to enter the country. However for the first time in its history, Saudi Arabia has started issuing tourist visas. Nevertheless, it can still be an unsafe country to visit due to its proximity to Yemen. Until the relationship between these two countries is settled, we recommend that you postpone your trip.
2. Iran

Iran is a country where a dictatorial regime reigns under the rule of Islamic laws. A state where terrorist acts and violent protests take place on a daily basis cannot be included in the list of countries recommended for tourists.
3. Iraq

The security situation in Iraq is ambiguous. In all major cities, representatives of the coalition forces, the local army, and the police are present on every street. However, tourists do not fall under their zone of influence. Thus, if something happens to you, police officers may not be able to help you. All other settlements are usually under the control of large ethno religious groups that obey only their leaders.
4. Syria

Over the years, Syria has become synonymous with war and Islamic terrorism. Although the Syrian authorities are trying to return the tourist flow to Aleppo and Damascus, other countries recommend that their citizens refrain from traveling to this country.
5. Yemen

Yemen is included in the list of dangerous regions to visit in many countries around the world. The reason for this is the kidnapping of tourists and local women and girls in particular. It serves as a tool for clarifying the relationship between local tribal leaders and the central government. To maintain the tourist flow, the Yemeni authorities even allocated armed convoys to travelers to visit certain attractions. However, we recommend that you postpone your trip to this country indefinitely.

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