UAE passport becomes strongest, globally first

UAE passport ranked most powerful globally

UAE passport ranked most powerful globally

The country moved from third to first place after four more countries granted visa-free access to citizens of the emirate.

Issued by the Arton Capital, the Passport Index 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.

Singapore, which now shares the number two spot with Germany, was the first passport from Asia to top the passport power list.

This beat last year's number one passport, Singapore.

The US passport moved up three places from a year ago while the United Kingdom remains joint fourth for the second time running.

The positive impact of ease of travel not only makes it possible for UAE nationals to travel freely for tourism, but also has economic, developmental and even humanitarian benefits, by facilitating trade and economic investment for individuals and institutions.

The feat was announced just in time for the UAE National Day, which is annually celebrated on December 2.

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Behind these rankings is the Canada-based global consultancy company Arton Capital.

There are eight countries for which Pakistanis do not need a visa for and 27 that offer a visa on arrival.

Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway and South Korea made it into bronze position.

The Passport Index ranks in real-time the passports of the United Nations' 193 member countries and six additional territories.

The UK ties for fourth place with Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada on 164 countries. Syrian passports, which are fourth to last, guarantees visa-free travel to only 9 countries. What this means is that Pakistanis can travel visa-free to only a handful of countries - 8 to be exact.

Other weak passports include those from Iraq (32 countries), Pakistan (35 countries), Syria (36 countries) and Somalia (38 countries).

Data is taken from publicly available sources and official information provided by government agencies.

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