Fri 21-09-2018 12:00 PM
ABU DHABI, 21st September, 2018 (WAM) -- To those of us fortunate enough to have made our homes here, it will come as no surprise that Abu Dhabi has once again been named the world’s safest city.
For the second year running, the data website Numbeo has placed the UAE capital at the top of a league table of more than 300 global centres, clearly ahead of locations such as Singapore, Tokyo and Munich. "Such a ranking is an achievement by any measure, but the fact that it has been based on people's actual experiences speaks volumes about the quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike," a UAE newspaper said in its today's editorial.
"When choosing a place to live, freedom from the fear of crime is a key consideration," The National said. The paper referred to a comment of Saif Saeed Ghobash, undersecretary at the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, who said, "Our capital’s strong reputation for safety and a virtually crime-free society is a testament to the ongoing efforts to establish the emirate as a destination of distinction." It is also telling that Dubai follows closely behind, in 11th place. "Of course, well-resourced and effective policing contributes to the safety of any city, but there is more to this story than the simple enforcement of laws. With its vibrant, rapidly diversifying economy, the UAE provides a stable and rewarding environment for all to live, work and prosper within," the paper noted.
And this is not just borne up in the figures. The peaceful family-friendly atmosphere can be clearly observed on a leisurely wander down Abu Dhabi Corniche. The paper referred to an article published in The Guardian on the joys and challenges of walking in cities such as Chicago, Hong Kong and Bangkok, where the renowned US author David Sedaris wrote glowingly of the city’s public spaces. "Refreshing, and really sweet, were the great numbers of young children out with their parents," he observed, of a late-night stroll with a friend. With this so apparent to even the most fleeting of visitors, it is no wonder that so many people choose to build their lives here.