UAE Jumps Five Positions Up in the List of World’s Most Powerful Passports – Now Listed 15th

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UAE Jumps Five Positions Up in the List of World’s Most Powerful Passports – Now Listed 15th

By | 2019-10-02T16:58:24+00:00 October 2nd, 2019|United Arab Emirates Visa/Passport News|

The United Arab Emirates passport is now the 15th most powerful passport to have in the world out of 102 positions occupied by 199 world passports, as often several countries share the same spot.

The UAE passport has made the most drastic jump, climbing up the list from 20th to the 15th place, after it gained visa-free access to a number of African countries, including South Africa. Its nationals can now travel to 172 destinations out of 227 without having to worry about getting a visa prior to their trip.

It is the passport that marked the most drastic change in the last 10 years as well. The UAE passport went up from the 61st position in which it was in 2009, to the 15th in the last quarter of 2019.

According to the Henley Passport Index, a ranking of the passports of 199 countries, published by Henley & Partners, a firm focused on residence and citizenship planning, over the past five years, the UAE has more than doubled the number of destinations its citizens are able to travel to without a prior visa.

However, while the passport of UAE ranks so high in the list other Middle Eastern countries do not stand so well, excluding Israel, which is listed 22nd. They are listed as follows:

  • Turkey –in the 52nd position, its citizens can visit 112 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Kuwait –in the 56th position, its citizens can visit 93 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Qatar –in the 57th position, its citizens can visit 92 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Bahrain –in the 63rd position, its citizens can visit 81 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Oman –in the 64th position, its citizens can visit 79 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Saudi Arabia –in the 69th position, its citizens can visit 74 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Egypt – in the 92nd position, its citizens can visit 49 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Jordan –in the 92nd position, its citizens can visit 49 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Iran –in the 99th position, its citizens can visit 40 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Lebanon –in the 100th position, its citizens can visit 39 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Palestine –in the 102nd position, its citizens can visit 37 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Yemen – in the 103rd position, its citizens can visit 33 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Syria –in the 105th position, its citizens can visit 29 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.
  • Iraq –in the 106yh position, its citizens can visit 27 countries visa-free or with e visa-on-arrival.

Lorraine Charles from Cambridge University’s Centre for Business Research says the UAE has an uncontested soft power in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which makes it an embodiment of inspiration for other GCC countries.

The power of the UAE passport depicts a nation that is attempting to position itself as a prominent player in the region. While the UAE may not be able to compete with Saudi Arabia — the regional hegemon — in terms of military strength and economic power, the projection of its soft power has become uncontested in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), making the UAE an embodiment of inspiration for other GCC countries,” she says.

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