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UAE Now Holds World’s Strongest Passport

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Uzbekistan's passport ranked 68th in "The Passport Index 2018", from the Global Passport PowerRank, which compares the passports of different countries according to the principle of access of their citizens to other countries.

Financial advisory firm Arton Capital releases the study every year on the strength of the world's passports based on the number of countries citizens can travel to without having to apply for a visa.

The UAE passport holder can now travel to 167 countries without the need for pre-visa requirements, which is 84 per cent of the number of countries listed in the index.

Holders can travel visa-free to 8 countries, 27 with a visa on arrival.

"More and more countries are placing an importance on the power of their passports, and how freely their citizens can travel across the globe", said Armand Arton, president of Arton Capital, the inventors of Passport Index.

Germany also earned a score of 166, but was ranked third as holders of German passports are granted visa-free travel to 126 countries, one fewer than Singapore passport holders.

UAE's achievement coincides with the country's 47th National Day. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, the Nethreladns, Spain, Norway, South Korea and the United States come next with access to 165.

Passport of Ukraine took 28th place with a simplified visits to 131 countries.

They are followed by Estonia in eighth place, which has access to 160 countries, Romania and Bulgaria (ninth) on 158 countries, and Cyprus and Liechtenstein (10th) on 157 countries.

Pakistan's passport continues to be ranked among the lowest in the world.

It also ranked Germany second and Britain fourth, but placed the U.S fifth.

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.