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Proud passport holders of the UAE

The UAE has overtaken previous contenders Singapore and Germany as the country with the most powerful passport in the world.

Shehara Rizly

In a landmark achievement, the United Arab Emirates celebrated a significant milestone as its passport took the lead with a record-breaking score in the Global Passport Power Ranking. According to Passport Index, those holding UAE passports can gain entry to 167 countries without obtaining a prior visa, 113 countries visa-free and another 54 countries using visa on arrival.The government has been working towards goals to establish the UAE as a number one nation in the world with all its many records over the years. Colonel Ali Ghanim Al Marri, Naturalization Affairs Consultant— General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai said, “The power of the UAE passport enables the holder to travel to 167 countries without the need for a visa. Additionally, the healthy relationship with other countries also helped the UAE to rank as the most powerful passport,” he said. The achievement is a clear sign that there will be an increase of travel from the Emirati population. Travelling visa free to many destinations gives freedom of travel, a good mindset thus encouraging the visitor to spend more time exploring new destinations.

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