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Now No. 1: UAE passport most powerful in the world

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The UAE passport holder can 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.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai: 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 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.

Skipped No. 2 position

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.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai: 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 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.

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