The Covid-19 pandemic has been a mental, physical and emotional drain on the people of the world. Everyone is still worried about their well-being and that of their loved ones. During these challenging times, it might seem that the entire world is in flux, and no country is a safe haven. But few cities are considerably safer to be in as you wanna wait out this virus.
In a recent survey by London-based think-tank Deep Knowledge Group (DKG) on the topic- ‘Ranking of the Safest Cities during the COVID-19 Pandemic for the Second Quarter of 2021’. Abu Dhabi and Dubai (2 of the UAE cities) are in the list. Abu Dhabi was on top of the list, followed by Singapore, Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Dubai.
The cities ranking is done on the basis of their Covid-19 response. A few of the parameters for ranking were:
1. Healthcare infrastructure and competency along with the financial allocation to the healthcare sector;
2. Quarantine guideline efficiency, vaccination rates;
3. Government efficiency, including crisis management and the citizen’s trust in the government;
4. Resilience of the economy.
Why are Abu Dhabi and Dubai at the Top?
This is the second time Abu Dhabi has a place on the top of this list. The first edition of the list was published in April 2021 for the first quarter of 2021. And this time, even Dubai has been honored for its crisis preparedness and quick response to the pandemic. It was all on account of the country’s robust preparedness under the wise leadership of the UAE government and respective governments of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and its leaders that are following the example of late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is his model of governance that took the UAE to such great heights.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai maintained a surprisingly low infection rate. The mortality rate of both these cities was among the lowest in the world. These cities quickly established the infrastructure necessary to control the virus. Both the cities also led the numbers when it came to vaccination campaigns.
Overall, Abu Dhabi and Dubai have come out as trailblazers in the world’s fight against Covid-19. And UAE has set up a model that less fortunate countries around the world can now follow.