The passport of the United Arab Emirates has once again proved to be the most improved passport in the world in the last ten years, becoming one of the best passports to have in 2020, among renowned Asian and European passports.
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, the UAE passport as one of the most powerful passports in the world, as it permits its holders to travel to 171 destinations out of 227 without a prior visa.
Listed in the 18th place alongside Bulgaria, an EU member country, the UAE passport has turned out to be a success story, more than doubling the number of destinations its citizens are capable of traveling to, without a visa or by only getting one on arrival at their destination.
“The index’s historic success story remains the steady ascent of the UAE, which has climbed a remarkable 47 places over the past 10 years and now sits in 18th place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 171,” the press release by Henley reads.
It also explains that after UAE, the Omani passport follows as the most powerful among all other Arab passports, despite being listed way below, in the 64th position, with the Omani passport holders eligible to travel to 79 countries visa free.
Just two positions below, with its citizens eligible to travel to two countries less, is listed Saudi Arabia.
“The UAE and Saudi Arabia each climbed four places, while Oman climbed three. Saudi Arabia is now in 66th place, with citizens able to access 77 destinations around the world without a prior visa, while Oman sits in 64th place, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 79,” the press release further explains.
In the previous update of the Henley Passport Index at the very beginning of October, the UAE was listed in the 15th position 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.
Lorraine Charles from Cambridge University’s Centre for Business Research said at the time that the UAE has an uncontested soft power in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which makes it an embodiment of inspiration for other GCC countries.