Safest Countries in the Middle East & Africa

The safest countries in The Middle East and Africa for tourism and travel. These are rated out of 10. Safest countries in Africa & The Middle East are based on crime/homicide rates and drugs and crime, likelihood of terrorism and terrorism casualties, police force effectiveness, costs of security within the country on business, reliability of protection services, rates of property crime and violence.

Regional Rank Country 2017 2016
 1 United Arab Emirates 9.43 9.4
 2 Oman 9.29 3.8
 3 Rwanda 9.14 9.4
 4 Qatar 9 9.1
 5 Morocco 8.71 8.4
 6 Mauritius 8.43 7.2
 7 Jordan 8.29 8.3
 8 Bahrain 8.14 7.6
 9 Kuwait 8.14 8.2
 10 Gambia, The 8 7.5
 11 Ghana 7.86 7.1
 12 Saudi Arabia 7.86 8
 13 Zimbabwe 7.86 7.6
 14 Lesotho 7.71 6.3
 15 Malawi 7.71 7.7
 16 Senegal 7.71 8.6
 17 Zambia 7.71 7.7
 18 Algeria 7.57 7.57
 19 Botswana 7.57 7.4
 20 Gabon 7.57 7.5
 21 Benin 7.43 7.43
 22 Cape Verde 7.43 7.4
 23 Iran, Islamic Rep. 7.43 7
 24 Namibia 7.43 6.4
 25 Sierra Leone 7.29 7.7
 26 Tanzania 7.29 6.9
 27 Côte d’Ivoire 7.14 6.7
 28 Madagascar 7.14 6.7
 29 Ethiopia 7 7.4
 30 Angola 6.8 6.8
 31 Tunisia 6.71 6.9
 32 Swaziland 6.6 6.6
 33 Israel 6.57 6.9
 34 Mozambique 6.57 8.3
 35 Uganda 6.57 6.6
 36 Cameroon 6.14 7.6
 37 Burundi 6 6.5
 38 Mauritania 6 7.2
 39 Congo, Democratic Rep. 5.71 5.71
 40 South Africa 5.57 6.1
 41 Chad 5.29 6.2
 42 Lebanon 5.14 5.4
 43 Mali 5.14 5.9
 45 Kenya 4.86 5.4
 46 Egypt 4.71 4.9
47 Nigeria 4.43 7.2
48 Yemen 4 4.1

Dangers can lurk in any city, park or town and being a safe vacationer means paying attention and keeping yourself out of harms way. Crimes and violence can happen in the lowest rated Middle Eastern as it could happen in the safest rated country in South-Africa so these figures should only be used as a guide to help compare a safe travel destination.

To compare, the safety scores of the USA & Canada are:

Canada 8.71
(Safer than 41 countries / Less safe than 4 countries in this region)

United States 7.43
(Safer than 22 countries / Less safe than 20 countries in this region)

 

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Today’s travelers and tourists are more and more wanting to visit the natural beauty and remote regions of a country in order to discover more than just the big cities and commonly advertised attractions so now, more than ever, the safety and security of any particular destination is a key deciding factor of a the safety rating a country receives. These rankings presented here are based on the reliability of the police and legal protective system in a country as well as the rates of criminal activity and the potential for terrorism.

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1 comment to Safest Countries in the Middle East & Africa

  • Siraj

    One of your safest place to visit is listed by the Us State Department as a danger to Americans traveling abroad. It is also a safe haven for many Al Qaeda sheikhs and Palestinian militant groups. Last year, 3 US soldiers were murdered in cold blood by a Jordnian soldier whose family tribe screamed death to America at the killer’s funeral and is threatening to spark a revolution if the King and Queen do not reverse the life sentence of the killer in the aforementioned debacle. Additionally, tourists were shot down in cold blood by ISIS in Karak recently. If Jordan is the safest nation in the Middle East, it probably is a good idea to remain out of the Middle East for a while.

    The above are tourist and military casualties. We are not including the recent attack by ISIS on the Jordanian intelligence headquarters in Baqaa as well. Nor the ISIS attack on Ruqban. Here is my advice, The fighters Jordan allowed to cross the borders to fight in Syria and Iraq (JOrdan is listed #3 in number of ISIS fighters it sends abroad) are returning to JOrdan. This publication could be responsible for whoever dies at the hands of those fighters in my personal opinion.

    I hate being negative so I will at least say that it is great that this month Jordan repealed the law which allows a rapist to escape punishment for rape by marrying the victim. Congrats!

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