The UAE passport has jumped to Number 1 as the world’s most powerful passport on Saturday, December 1, 2018 — on the eve of the country’s 47th National Day celebrations, according to the Dubai Media Office.
With this historic achievement, UAE passport holders are now able to gain visa-free entry to 167 countries worldwide, according to Passport Index.
The ranking by Arton Capital, which is based on freedom of movement and visa-free travel to passport holders, represents a meteoric rise for the UAE which ranked 27th in the index just two years ago.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation launched the UAE Passport Force initiative to place the Emirati passport on the list of the five most powerful passports in the world by 2021, but the goal has been achieved three years ahead of schedule, state news agency WAM reported.
WAM said the strength of the passport does not only represent the identity of the citizen but also an important factor affecting its access to global opportunities, ease of movement and quality of life.
The Passport Index issued by the Arton Capital ranks countries’ passports based on the number of countries a passport holder can enter without obtaining a visa or obtaining it at the time of entry.
Armand Arton, founder and president of Arton Capital, said that the Emirati passport has witnessed unprecedented progress globally in the past few years, reflecting the international stature of the country.
Source Credit: Arabian Business