The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Cairo 57th overall on its Safe Cities Index 2021.
According to the index’s fourth edition, Denmark’s Copenhagen was labeled the safest city in the world in 2021.
The report, sponsored by the NEC, ranks 60 cities around the world in terms of safety based on five indicators: digital security, health, infrastructure, personal security and environmental security.
Alongside Cairo, five other Arab cities were ranked, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait City, and Casablanca.
Egypt’s capital city fell under the “average” category on all indicators and was noted for having a “smart city” plan.
“The coronavirus has changed the whole concept of urban safety,” said one of the index’s creators Professor Fang Zhao, Associate Dean of Research and Enterprise in Staffordshire Business School at Staffordshire University.
Among other indicators, digital security has become a priority as a result of more business and commerce have moved online. In response, the transportation and infrastructure sectors have had to respond to changes in movement patterns and utility consumption.