UAE Now Holds World’s Strongest Passport

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

World by Dawood Rehman | Published

UAE's achievement coincides with the country's 47th National Day.

The UAE, under the leadership of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has surpassed all expectations after accomplishing this achievement, according to the UAE official news agency WAM.

The Belarusian passport placed 54th in the Global Passport Power Rank 2018, up from 57th position in 2017, BelTA has learned.

Sheikh Abdullah said the achievement was "a true reflection of the legacy of Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father of the UAE".

UAE jumped from third place last month into first after four more countries were added to its list of visa-free destinations on 1 December.

The UAE passport holder can now travel to 167 countries without the need for pre-visa requirements, which is 84 per cent of the number of countries listed in the index.

In a surprise shake up, the United Arab Emirates now has the world's most powerful passport with access to the greatest number of countries visa-free. The U.S passport moves up three places from past year and is joint third and the United Kingdom remains joint fourth.

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Singapore took the No. 2 spot this year while last year's topnotcher, Germany, went down to No. 3.

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.

This information is obtained from the Passport Index.

Singapore was just behind with a score of 166, as the Republic's passport grants visa-free travel to 127 countries.

Eleven countries tied for third place with their citizens able to access 165 destinations without a visa.

The UAE's rise to the top of the care-free travel has come as a surprise to some.

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