Global Peace Index: the UAE is in the top 50 of the world’s more peaceful nations

Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks the nations of the world according to their level of peacefulness. The index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators and ranks 162 independent states, covering 99.6 per cent of the world’s population.

The figures are the result of the analysis of three broad themes:

– the level of safety and security in society,

– the extent of domestic and international conflict,

– the degree of militarization.

Global Peace Index: the results

The world’s most peaceful countries were Iceland, New Zealand and Denmark, while the least peaceful were Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria. Although dropping in rank, an annual global index continues to hail the UAE as one of the most peaceful nations in the region and within the top third globally. UAE at 49th out of 162 countries in its latest rankings, and 3rd out of 19 countries in the MENA region behind Qatar and Kuwait, which are ranked 30th and 33rd respectively.

Global Peace Index: why

Global Peace Index, Why? According to the general population, crime rates are very low in the UAE, adding that the UAE has a very high score for absence of crime, outperforming its regional and income-level peers. The absence of conflicts and terrorist activity and low levels of violent crime and homicides help it sail along. In 2013, political stability improved and there was a slight moderation of military spending.

Preventing or dealing with violence in the UAE was estimated to cost the national economy $11.7 billion in 2013 — 4.3 per cent of the GDP, or $1270 per person. The UAE has remained politically stable over the last five years, contributing to a broadly peaceful period. The uprisings that erupted in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 did not affect it but did prompt the authorities to tighten security.


Global peace index graph

Violence destroys human and physical capital as well as social and political institutions.

Global Peace Index: conclusions

Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, permanent representative of the UAE to the United Nations, drew comparisons between the United States and the UAE, saying: “Our country is built on foundational principles of openness and tolerance, where over 200 nationalities and people from all religions coexist peacefully”. Ms. Nusseibeh emphasized the important role of the UAE’s leadership in enshrining equality, social justice and equality of opportunity in the constitution. The world has become less peaceful over the last decade, but this decrease in peacefulness was not evenly distributed between countries or regions around the world. A certain amount of peace inequality exists between nations, with the majority of countries remaining relatively stable and a minority experiencing large increases in conflict and violence. Furthermore, the more peaceful a country is, the more likely it is to remain peaceful.