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Competitiveness from safety, security

Dubai Economy releases policy brief to present performance

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Dubai has emerged in the top 10 or 20 cities globally in more than 100 indicators related to safety and security in several internationally renowned competitiveness reports, according to a policy brief released by the Dubai Competitiveness Office in Dubai Economy as part of its mandate to publish research and spread awareness on the city's competitiveness.

The policy brief, titled ‘Safety and Security Competitiveness in Dubai: Why Dubai is ranked as one of the Safest Cities in the World’ presents and analyses the factors and elements that explain Dubai’s rise to becoming one of the world’s safest cities.

Considered the largest business city in the UAE by the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, and regarded as a major hub for the Middle East, Dubai utilized its fundamentals on safety and security to sustain its top rankings in competitiveness and set standards for effectively managing the global COVID-19 crisis.

Safety and security are integral to the quality of life, which in turn is an essential element of the competitiveness Dubai emphasizes as its biggest advantage. The policy brief demonstrates Dubai’s commitment to the safety and security of its residents and citizens as well as to the overall integrity of the city and the nation as a whole.

Dubai ranks 1st in more than 11 indicators on Personal Safety within different competitiveness indices, mainly the Safe Cities Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit, where scores look at Personal, Infrastructure, Health, and Digital safety, as well as the Smart Cities report by IMD World Competitiveness Center. The indicators where Dubai ranked first reflect the role of the local police and other institutions in prioritizing safety.

The policy brief also analyzes the growing importance of Infrastructure as an enabler for safety and security and Dubai’s current performance. Ranked 1st in Power Network as well as Hazard Monitoring, and 4th in Road Network, amongst other indicators, the paper highlights how Dubai’s infrastructural efficiency is utilized to bolster public safety and security.

Dubai’s Health Safety pillar has witnessed tremendous growth and stands as one of the most advanced in the region. The city is ranked 1st in Emergency Services in the city, 5th in Arranging Medical Appointments online, and 7th in Satisfaction with Medical Services Provision.

On the Digital Safety front, and with growing cyber-attacks around the world, Dubai is leading efforts in ensuring safety not just within its physical borders, but digitally as well. The city ranks 1st in Dedicated Cyber Security teams and Levels of Technology Employed.

The paper illustrates how effectively Dubai has tackled the COVID-19 phase, one of the most uncertain times in recent years. The UAE was one of the first in the world to instate a country-wide lockdown on 22 March 2020, and by July 2020 the UAE had one of the world’s highest tests per population, at 43.4 per 100 people, thanks to an extensive and ambitious campaign.

The policy brief also highlights the numerous technologies the government has levied to combat the pandemic. From utilizing drones to conducting sterilization campaigns to introducing specialized pressure tubes for transportation of COVID-positive patients, the paper underlines the readiness of Dubai and the UAE for any contingency scenarios. As a result of these initiatives, the UAE recorded one of the lowest fatality rates at 0.62% as of July 2020, compared to 4.36% of the United States and 2.78% of India.

Regionally, Dubai is seen as a prime example of well-constructed reforms, dynamic and progressive frameworks, and ambitious national visions and strategies. Internationally, it is regarded as a success story of how a once small city in the desert has grown into one of the most successful in the world.

Dubai Competitiveness Office is focusing on enhancing city competitiveness among the foremost cities globally by fostering a business environment that stimulates investment, offers unparalleled ease of business, and reinforces the competitive advantage of Dubai in global markets.