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Middle East country boasts world's most powerful passport

Posted On: Jan 31, 2023   |   Posted By: RT

Middle East country boasts world's most powerful passport

The UAE has risen to the top of rankings for restriction-free access to countries around the world
Citizens of the United Arab Emirates now wield the globe's most powerful passport, enjoying easy visitor access to all but 9% of the world's countries, according to the latest Passport Index ranking by Canadian financial advisory firm Arton Capital.
The UAE-issued document surpassed the likes of those from Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg to claim the top spot, Arton reported on Wednesday. Holders of a passport from the federation of sheikhdoms in the Persian Gulf have visa-free access to 121 countries and can obtain a visa upon arrival in 59 other states, giving them a combined mobility score of 180, up from 160 a year ago, according to Montreal-based Arton.
The oil-rich Emirates, which include Dubai and Abu Dhabi, previously ranked as the top Middle East nation in the Passport Index. It's also home to the most multinational corporate headquarters in the region.
The UAE has forged several key trade and...

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