The UAE is among the countries least impacted countries by terrorism, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2019, launched in the capital on Wednesday.
The number of people being killed by terrorist activities worldwide has decreased significantly over recent years, according to the latest Global Terrorism Index.
The 2019 Global Terrorism Index, which was presented at a forum in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday also showed that the UAE improved its ranking in the index by coming down to 130th rank among the 163 countries. The terrorism impact in the UAE is categorised as ‘very low’. In the UAE, only two terrorism incidents were reported over the past decade – one in 2010 and another in 2014 – and there were no casualties.
The index showed that the total number of deaths from terrorism declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, falling by 15.2% to 15,952 deaths. This represents a 53% reduction since its peak in 2014 when 33,555 people were killed in terrorist attacks.
The latest results saw three Middle East countries – Iraq, Syria and Yemen – continue in the top 10 positions of the index.
Terrorism still remains a global security threat, according to the index, with 71 countries recording more than one death – the second-highest number of countries since 2002.
The report said the global economic impact of terrorism was $33 billion in 2018, a substantial decrease of 38% from the previous year.