The UAE's passport has been ranked as the most powerful in the world according to an online index that measures passports on their ability to provide visa-free travel. The ranking is based on freedom of movement and visa-free travel to passport holders.
As per the ratings released by Passport Index, German and Singaporean passport holders have access to 166 countries without a prior visa, whereas US, South Korea and a host of other European nations come next with access to 165. In equal footing with holders of Icelandic and Maltese passports, travellers can enter 162 countries without a pre-arranged visa.
However, Dubai's leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum welcomed the news, tweeting: "Congratulations to the UAE and its people and big thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation's teams".
Eleven countries including the U.S. tied for third place with their citizens able to access 165 destinations without a visa.
The passports ranking in the top ten are of the UAE, Singapore, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.
While the United Kingdom tied for fourth place with Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and Canada on holders being able to travel to 164 countries. To travel to 135 states, Uzbek citizens will need to get a visa in advance. Similarly, Pakistanis can travel to 8 countries without a visa that are Qatar, Tobago, Trinidad, Dominica, St Vincent, Micronesia, Vanuatu and the Grenadines.
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.
The Belarusian passport placed 54th in the Global Passport Power Rank 2018, up from 57th position in 2017, BelTA has learned.
Pakistan's passport continues to be ranked among the lowest in the world.