UAE passport ranked most powerful globally

December 2, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Abu Dhabi � The passport of the United Arab Emirates has jumped to Number 1 as the world’s most powerful passport on Saturday, December 1, 2018 � on the eve of UAE’s 47th National Day celebrations, the Dubai Media Office reported.

With this historic achievement, UAE passport holders are now able to gain visa-free entry to 167 countries worldwide, according to Passport Index.

The UAE passport was ranked No. 27 in December 2016. In October this year, it rapidly notched higher to No. 4. Then it went up to No. 3 on November 8, with Emirati citizens able to fly to 163 countries without securing a visa prior to departure � just behind Singapore and Germany, whose citizens are able to travel visa-free to 165 countries. Four more countries were added to the UAE list as of December 1, 2018.

It took just three weeks before the UAE landed on top, thus skipping the No. 2 position among the world’s most powerful travel documents. The achievement, which coincides with the ‘Year of Zayed’ and UAE’s 47th National Day, is historic for the country and is added to its numerous accomplishments in various domains.

Source: International Islamic News Agency