It beat destinations including Singapore, Spain and Australia…

The UAE has been ranked as the second safest country to visit around the globe, according to a new major study.

Beaten only by Iceland, which came out on top, the UAE was ranked safer than other leading travel destinations including Spain, Australia and the United States.

The data is according to a new study by Which? Travel, which rated the world’s top 20 holiday destinations using statistics collated by the World Economic Fund, the World Risk Report, NHS Fit for Travel website and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) terrorism assessment risk to assess their overall safety.

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“Of the 20 holiday destinations that we looked at, Iceland, unsurprisingly, came out as the safest country,” said the Which? report.

The same report also detailed that the worst ranked places to visit in terms of safety were South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, India and Mexico.

The study comes shortly after a separate report by Numbeo, a website for crowdsourced global data, ranked Abu Dhabi as the safest city in the world for the second year in a row. Dubai ranked closely behind in 11th place.

Top 10 safest places in the world, according to Which?:

1. Iceland

2. UAE

3. Singapore

4. Spain

5. Australia

6. Canada

7. Japan

8. Morocco

9. Jordan

10. Barbados

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