The UAE passport ranking advanced in 2017 to the first sport in the Arab world and 22nd globally, according to Global Passport Power Rank 2017.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) recently launched the UAE Passport Force initiative, with the view to place the State’s passport on the list of the five most important passports in the world by 2021.
The feat also comes as a result of the efforts exerted by the UAE diplomacy to establish strategic political, economic, commercial, cultural, scientific, and educational, as well as health relations and partnerships that contribute to enhancing the status of the State at the international level.
The MoFAIC underlined that the UAE 2021 Vision, which aims to make the country one of the best countries in the world by the golden jubilee of the Union, has stimulated the ministry to strengthen the State’s position in the international arena, and hence, launched the UAE Passport Force initiative to enable citizens to enter all world the countries without the need for pre-entry visa requirements. “This increases happiness of the citizens,” it added.
The ministry stepped up the diplomatic move towards greater openness to the world through the exchange of visits and contacts at the highest levels, as well as regular holding of joint committee meetings. These moves also included opening up and strengthening relations with the Latin America, Pacific and African countries, besides strong positive presence in all regional and international forums.
The MoFAIC noted that the government’s strategy aims to provide distinguished services to citizens, including exemption from pre-entry visa requirements to countries of the world – this is the strategic goal of the State. It stressed that the UAE diplomacy plays a vital role in persuading governments around the world to agree to exempt citizens from the pre-entry visa requirements when they visit their countries.
The ranking of the UAE passport as the first Arab passport and 22nd globally, according to Arton Capital Passport Index 2017 is one of the most important achievements of the UAE diplomacy.