The 2018 Travel Risk Map, which ranks various countries based on security, medical, and road safety, has recently released a new map of global travel risks.

According to the latest data produced by the security specialist firm International SOS, the UAE is the safest place to visit as well as the safest holiday destination in the Middle East.

The findings within the 2018 Travel Risk Map show that the UAE has the lowest security risk in the Middle East, along with Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait. 

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are designated as having a higher risk compared to other GCC countries, with their "medium" security rating similar to Brazil, Peru, Russia, or Ukraine.

Numerous other destinations in the region, including Syria, Afghanistan, and Libya, are considered to be the most dangerous places to travel to.

In terms of medical and road safety risks, the report also shows that the UAE poses the lowest level of threat to tourists and travelers.

The UAE and Bahrain are the only two countries in the GCC region with the lowest risk of a road traffic accident. 

Low medical risk destinations offer appropriate standard of healthcare throughout the country and pose low concern for infectious diseases, according to Gulf News.

The UAE’s travel security rating is similar to many destinations outside the Middle East, including Sweden, Germany, Australia, Spain, US, UK, Canada, China, Japan, and Singapore.

Some of the world's most dangerous places to travel are...

  • Syria
  • Iraq
  • Mali
  • Yemen
  • Afghanistan
  • Somalia
  • Egypt
  • Lybia
Pictured: A metro station in Cairo (For illustrative purposes only)

Overall, the safest places to travel to in the world are Finland, Norway, Switzerland, and Denmark.

Travel security risk ratings take into account the threat posed to holidaymakers by violence, including terrorism, insurgency, war, political and social unrest.

Threat levels are also based on other factors like the quality of roads and other infrastructure, as well as a nation's susceptibility to natural disasters.