The UAE has excelled major developed countries such as the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany and others in the rule of law and order and security, because crime is effectively controlled and people here are peaceful and don’t resort to violence to redress personal grievances, said the chief research officer at The World Justice Project.
Thanks to its low crime ratio and rule of law, the UAE’s status as a safe haven got a shot in the arm as The World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2015 has rated the country top in law and order and security in the Middle East North Africa (Mena) and sixth in the world.
Alejandro Ponce, Chief Research Officer at WJP, told that the UAE enjoys high rating in order and security because crime is effectively controlled, effectively limited and people do not resort to violence to redress personal grievances.
According to the general population, crime rates are very low in the UAE, he said, adding that the UAE has a very high score for absence of crime, outperforming its regional and income-level peers.
For, absence of civil conflict, the UAE has a perfect score of 1 out of 1.
WJP is an independent and multidisciplinary organisation working to advance the rule of law.
The index measures how the rule of law is experienced in everyday life for 102 countries worldwide.
The findings are based on answers of 1,000 respondents in the three largest cities per country and a set of in-country legal practitioners and academics.
In law and order and security rating, the UAE excelled Sweden, Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, UK, US, France, Spain and others.
Japan, Denmark, Finland, Singapore and Uzbekistan notched highest rating in law and security.
WJP Rule of Law Index 2015 rated the UAE 27th on the rule of law. Globally, the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2015 rated UAE 27th among 102 countries – ahead of Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey and others.
In overall global rating, Denmark topped in Rule of Law Index followed by Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Singapore and Australia. Rated 27th, the UAE excelled Italy, Greece, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey and others.
Venezuela, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Pakistan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, Bolivia and Bangladesh sit at the bottom of the ranking.
According to WJP’s Chief Research Officer Ponce, public institutions in the UAE are relatively well developed and free of corruption (ranking 13th globally), and government officers are held accountable for misconduct.
The country is by far safe from crime and violence (ranking 6th in the world) and the court system is efficient and relatively independent by regional standards.
The WJP poll for the UAE was administered in the spring of 2015 by a local polling company using a probability sample of 1,600 respondents in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
The Qualified Respondents Questionnaires data for this report, which complements the polling data with assessments from in-country professionals, consists of an average of 25 expert surveys per country, including the UAE.