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Dubai: The UAE passport has moved four positions up to become the fourth most powerful passport in the world. The UAE passport was ranked at number eight in September this year

According to the updated ranking on Passport Index, the UAE passport was ranked as the fourth best travel document, thanks to ease of travel to 159 countries. Emirati passport holders are allowed to travel to 162 countries without a pre-entry visa. Only a couple of years ago, Emirati citizens could travel visa-free to 88 countries.

“The UAE is the fastest-growing passport in the history of passports,” said Armand Arton, founder and president of Arton Capital.

“For such a young country this is an exceptional achievement and all Emiratis should be proud of that. Rather than the need to look for second citizenships, UAE citizens already have the strongest passport in the Arab world and their mobility is rising. They should all be extremely pleased with that,” Arton said in an emailed statement to Gulf News.

Now number one on the list is Singapore, along with Germany, followed by Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, South Korea and United States in the second place.