Safety & Security
Doha is recognized as one of the safest cities, and Qatar as one of the safest countries in the world. Business travelers arriving alone or with their families for the Symposium can take confidence in Qatar’s 2012 ranking by the Global Peace Index as the 12th most peaceful of 159 nations of the world, just behind Belgium and Canada and ahead of Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Thailand. It is the only country in the Middle East to be ranked among the top 20 most peaceful nations.
Qatar’s foreign policy has promoted peace in the region and its relations are excellent with all of its GCC neighbors, as well as with the nations of the world. Qatar’s crime rate in all categories is a fraction of the world average – one quarter of the average for robberies per 100,000 people and 12.5% of the average for homicides.
The government has single-mindedly insured that residents and visitors of all backgrounds and nationalities feel at home and safe in Qatar. Thus, Americans, Brazilians, British, Dutch, Filipinos, Germans, Indians, Japanese, Lebanese, and South Africans, to name but a few, live and work together in harmony. Doha has an unblemished safety record in hosting major conferences and sporting events, such as hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. United Nations agencies frequently hold international meetings and conferences in Doha, due in great measure to its peaceful and secure setting.