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UAE Passport ranked first in Arab and Middle East

25 February 2016

The UAE Passport has been ranked the first in Arab and Middle East for the second consecutive year on the Visa Restrictions Index 2016, released by Henley & Partners, the global pioneer in Residence and Citizenship Planning.

This year, UAE has jumped two places higher in ranking to 38, with visa-free access offered to 122 countries.

Last year, UAE signed a deal with European Union, which permitted UAE with visa-free travel to 36 countries including the 26 Schengen countries, making UAE the first Arab nation to be granted an European Visa Waiver.

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In the GCC, all member countries witnessed increase in this year’s index by at least five spots. Kuwait at 57th position and Qatar 60th (both marking an increase by six places with visa free access allowed to 82 and 79 countries respectively), Bahrain (65), Oman (67) and Saudi Aaabia (69) followed by visa-free access to 73, 71 and 69 countries respectively.

The Index, together with the unique cumulative data from the past eleven years, serves as a global ranking of countries, based on freedom of travel for their nationals.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries