Safest Countries in the Middle East & Africa

The safest countries in The Middle East and Africa for tourism and travel. These are rated out of 10. Safest countries in Africa & The Middle East are based on crime/homicide rates and drugs and crime, likelihood of terrorism and terrorism casualties, police force effectiveness, costs of security within the country on business, reliability of protection services, rates of property crime and violence. Updated 2023.

Qatar 1
Mauritius 2
Kuwait 3
Ghana 4
The Gambia 5
Botswana 6
Sierra Leone 7
Zambia 8
Jordan 9
Equatorial Guinea 10
United Arab Emirates 11
Oman 12
Malawi 13
Senegal 14
Namibia 15
Rwanda 16
Morocco 17
 Gabon 18
 Liberia 19
 Angola 20
 Madagascar 21
Tunisia 22
 Tanzania 23
 Eswatini 24
Bahrain 25
 Lesotho 26
 Togo 27
 Benin 28
 Cote d’ Ivoire 29
Algeria 30
 Guinea-Bissau 31
 Republic of the Congo 32
 Mauritania 33
 Djibouti 34
 South Africa 35
Saudi Arabia 36
 Kenya 37
 Uganda 38
 Mozambique 39
 Guinea 40
Egypt 41
 Zimbabwe 42
 Burundi 43
 Eritrea 44
Palestine 45
Israel 46
 Chad 47
Lebanon 48
 Niger 49
Iran 50
 Cameroon 51
 Nigeria 52
 Burkina Faso 53
 Ethiopia 54
 Mali 55
Libya 56
Sudan 57
 Central African Republic 58
 Somalia 59
Iraq 60
Democratic Republic of the Congo 61
 South Sudan 62
Syria 63
Yemen 64

Dangers can lurk in any city, park or town and being a safe vacationer means paying attention and keeping yourself out of harms way. Crimes and violence can happen in the lowest rated Middle Eastern as it could happen in the safest rated country in South-Africa so these figures should only be used as a guide to help compare a safe travel destination.

To compare, the safety scores of the USA & Canada are:

(Safer than 41 countries / Less safe than 4 countries in this region)

United States
(Safer than 22 countries / Less safe than 20 countries in this region)


Today’s travelers and tourists are more and more wanting to visit the natural beauty and remote regions of a country in order to discover more than just the big cities and commonly advertised attractions so now, more than ever, the safety and security of any particular destination is a key deciding factor of a the safety rating a country receives. These rankings presented here are based on the reliability of the police and legal protective system in a country as well as the rates of criminal activity and the potential for terrorism.

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One thought on “Safest Countries in the Middle East & Africa

  • August 13 at 22:33

    One of your safest place to visit is listed by the Us State Department as a danger to Americans traveling abroad. It is also a safe haven for many Al Qaeda sheikhs and Palestinian militant groups. Last year, 3 US soldiers were murdered in cold blood by a Jordnian soldier whose family tribe screamed death to America at the killer’s funeral and is threatening to spark a revolution if the King and Queen do not reverse the life sentence of the killer in the aforementioned debacle. Additionally, tourists were shot down in cold blood by ISIS in Karak recently. If Jordan is the safest nation in the Middle East, it probably is a good idea to remain out of the Middle East for a while.

    The above are tourist and military casualties. We are not including the recent attack by ISIS on the Jordanian intelligence headquarters in Baqaa as well. Nor the ISIS attack on Ruqban. Here is my advice, The fighters Jordan allowed to cross the borders to fight in Syria and Iraq (JOrdan is listed #3 in number of ISIS fighters it sends abroad) are returning to JOrdan. This publication could be responsible for whoever dies at the hands of those fighters in my personal opinion.

    I hate being negative so I will at least say that it is great that this month Jordan repealed the law which allows a rapist to escape punishment for rape by marrying the victim. Congrats!

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