The UAE has achieved high scores in the Worldwide Governance Indicators report, now in its eighth year.
Emirati authorities were deemed to be particularly strong in the controlling corruption category, scoring 90 out of 100 on the upper scale.
The report, one of the most comprehensive studies in governance in the world, praised the UAE for moving forward in key areas such government effectiveness, rule of law, regulatory quality and political stability.
Aart Kraay, co-author of the report and Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank, commented: "The good news is that some countries are recognising and responding to governance challenges and are showing strong improvements that reflect concerted efforts by political leaders."
However, he lamented that some governance standards in both developed and developing countries have stagnated or deteriorated since the 2008 report.
Following the publication of the report, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Government Excellence Programme, further demonstrating the UAE's commitment to quality in the public sector.