UAE is the least corrupt country in the Middle East

Meanwhile, Kuwait is the most corrupt country in the GCC.

March 16, 2017

Every year, Transparency International, a coalition against corruption, releases the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016, a report ranking the state of corruption across different countries. For a few years now UAE and Qatar have fared rather well in these rankings.

Last year, Qatar took the spot for least corrupt in the Middle East with the 22nd rank. However, this year the region fell by 10 scores owing to scandals such as FIFA's decision to host the World Cup 2022 in Qatar amid reports of migrant workers abuse.

Qatar’s loss is UAE’s gain. The UAE finished with a world ranking of 24 out of 176 countries – finishing above the likes of Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Transparency International ranked the countries based on their scores from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The UAE scored 66, which is higher than the global average of 43. This is significant because over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year's index fall below the midpoint of the scale. Moreover, 90 per cent of the countries from the Middle East region have scored less than 50.

Sticking to the GCC rankings, Qatar ranked 31, Saudi Arabia placed 62, Oman – the most corrupt country in the GCC last year – ranked 64, Bahrain came in at 70 while Kuwait became the most corrupt country in the GCC with the 75th rank. Syria was named the most corrupt in the Middle East region with 173.

On the global scale, Somalia was deemed the most corrupt country in the world. Somalia has held the undesirable title as the world's most corrupt country for the past ten years, with a score of 10. 

Check out the map detailing corruption across the world.