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05 December 2018, 11:56 | Darnell Patrick
The UAE leads Singapore and Germany
Sheikh Abdullah said the achievement was "a true reflection of the legacy of Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father of the UAE". Citizens of the UAE can visit 113 countries without a visa, and receive a visa upon arrival in 54 countries.
The foreign Ministry of the UAE noted that this success was achieved "positive diplomacy".
It was also ranked behind the passports of eight Asian countries and territories - United Arab Emirates (ranked first globally), Singapore (2nd), South Korea (3rd), Japan (4th), Malaysia (7th), Hong Kong (13th), Israel (16th) and Brunei (17th).
The UAE passport was on 27th position in December 2016, and now has attained first place globally in December 2018.
Passport of Ukraine took 28th place with a simplified visits to 131 countries.
The passports of Singapore and Germany were ranked second with a visa-free score of 166 each, followed by Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea, and the United States, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival privileges in 165 countries.
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The number one spot in the global Passport Index was achieved just as the UAE celebrates its 47th National Day and its achievements since 1971.
Armand Arton, Founder and President of Arton Capital, said that Passport Index is the most prominent rating of passport strength through an interactive platform that continuously monitors changes and developments, adding that it has become the world's premier reference for governments.
"We continuously compare the passports of 193 countries and 6 regions of the United Nations members and work to collect data directly through publicly available information, government sources and global bodies", said Arton.
At the very bottom of the table, the least-powerful passports are Iraq and Afghanistan, granting visa-free access to only 32 and 29 countries respectively.
The Emirati passport had witnessed unprecedented progress globally in the past few years, reflecting the worldwide stature of the country, he said. Pakistan's western neighbor Iran has achieved 42nd spot on the list with its citizens able to travel visa-free to 12 countries.
It's been a steep rise to the top of the list as a year ago the UAE didn't even feature in the top ten.
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