UAE passport ranked most powerful globally

Albanian passport ranks 43rd in the global ranking

The UAE passport was ranked first by Passport Index, an interactive online tool that provides users with insights on passports with the ability to compare and rank the world's passports.

Taiwan's passport has a global power rank of 28th based on the number of countries it can be used to visit without pre-visa requirements, according to rankings compiled by Canadian financial advisory firm Arton Capital.

The UAE government hailed the new Passport Index ranking as an "exceptional achievement", which coincides with the "Year of Zayed" and country's 47th National Day.

The list ranks passports in real time based on the number of countries passport holders can enter without obtaining a prior visa or through obtaining a visa on arrival.

Only 31 countries require visas for the UAE passport holder, it added.

Through this achievement, the freedom of movement to many countries of the world is added to the list of what the UAE offers its citizens. Singapore, Germany 3. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and United States of America 4.

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While the United Kingdom tied for fourth place with Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada on holders being able to travel to 164 countries. The UAE citizens can travel to 54 nations without a visa.

Citizens of Uzbekistan can visit 26 countries without a visa and receive a visa upon arrival in 37 countries.

Other weak passports include those from Iraq (32 countries), Pakistan (35 countries), Syria (36 countries) and Somalia (38 countries).

In second place is Singapore, followed by Germany.

The ministry launched the UAE Passport Force initiative to place the Emirati passport on the list of the five most powerful passports in the world by 2021, but achieved this goal three years early.

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