UAE passport recognised for being GCC's strongest

The country has been awarded a certificate by the Passport Index
ByMashal AbbasiSunday , 03 September 2017
UAE passport recognised for being GCC's strongest
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The Passport Index, brainchild of Arton Capital, ranks each country's passport based on the number of countries citizens can enter visa-free, or with visa on arrival. The index thus compiles a list of all passports anually, ranking them from best to worst in terms of travel freedom.

The UAE has been awarded a certificate by the Passport Index for being the most powerful passport in the GCC, providing its citizens visa-free entry to 127 different countries. Globally, the UAE passport places at number 25, tied with St Kitts and Nevis.

"These great accomplishments reflect the strategic, political, economic, social and cultural dimensions, with important implications in terms of prestige and appreciation, being enjoyed by the UAE, led by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan- President of the United Arab Emirates, at an international level,” said H.E. Ahmed Saeed Alham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), according to a press release.

The ministry has recently launched the UAE Passport Force initiative, which aims to place the UAE's passport in the top five slots of the Passport Index by 2021.

“We are thrilled to announce that the Passport Index serves as the official benchmark and service partner of the UAE Passport Force initiative to monitor and reflect in real time the accession of the UAE passport within the world’s most powerful,” shared John Hanafin, CEO of Arton Capital.

We hope the UAE achieves this goal!

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