The Abu Dhabi Corniche. The emirate’s safety index in the Numbeo rating increased from 86.46 points in the first half of 2017 to 88.26 points during the first six months of 2018. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News Archives

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has been named the safest city in the world for the second year running by Numbeo, a website that collates data to develop the world’s largest user-contributed database about cities and countries worldwide.

Surpassing more than 300 cities, including Tokyo, Japan, Basel, Munich, and Vienna, the UAE capital has once again topped the list as the most secure city in the world. The emirate’s safety index increased from 86.46 points for the first half of last year, to 88.26 points during the first six months of this year.

“Safety is paramount when choosing a city to visit or live and work in, and we are proud to top that list for the second year running,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, at the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi (DCT — Abu Dhabi).

“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 with international standards of safety,” he added.

The index ranked 338 cities globally and is an estimation of overall safety levels in any given city or a country. Established in 2009, Numbeo is a collaborative online database which enables users to share and compare information about the cost of living between countries and cities.