Analysis: Is the UAE Passport REALLY the World’s Strongest?

After we last week reported on the Arton Capital Passport Index’ ranking of the UAE-passport as the world’s strongest, a number of readers wrote in suggesting that the methodology by which the index had arrived at that conclusion had several important shortcomings. A note from the editor: Although I am frequently accused of doing so,

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UAE Announces Golden Visa for Retirees

In a significant policy shift, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will allow existing foreign residents (above the age of 55) to obtain extended residency visas after they retire, Bloomberg reports. The new law, which will come into effect in 2019, is intended to boost the economy and nurture the long-term growth of the oil-rich nation.

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UAE Announces 10-year Visas to Investors, 100% Foreign Ownership, Visa-Free Travel to Canada

The United Arab Emirates have announced sweeping regulatory changes to its investment and immigration laws. Key amendments include 10-year visas for entrepreneurs, investors, scientists and other categories of individuals of exceptional talent, as well as opening for 100% foreign ownership in UAE-companies, even outside free zones. According to Gulf News, the UAE government said 10-year

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Thirst for Tourists Driving Global Trend of Increasing Travel Freedom

Henley & Partners last week issued a second-quarter update on its Henley Passport Index, showing Japan is now alone at the top of the table for number of visa-free destinations, narrowly beating Singapore and Germany. While Japan’s ascent to pole position is perhaps not remarkable, it’s interesting to note how a global trend in mobility

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Dominica to Get Visa-Free Access to Russia, UAE, Possibly China, Says PM Skerrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica says his country is in the final stages of clinching a visa-waiver agreement with both Russia and the UAE, and is actively engaged in negotiations for a similar agreement with China. “We are in advanced stages of negotiations with the authority of the UAE; we had been given the approval

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Brookes: Stop Measuring a Passport’s Strength by Number of Visa-Free Countries

This article was contributed by Gareth Brookes I was flying back into Dubai the other evening and read an interesting article claiming that the UAE’s passport strength could one day overtake that of the UK. It was a very bold statement – presumably the article’s purpose – and it certainly got me thinking. I began

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Visa-Waiving Goodbye to Travel Restrictions – UAE Scores Visa-Free Travel to China

Over the last decade, no citizenship has improved in quality faster than that of the United Arab Emirates. Yesterday, it added another major feather to its cap. According to the Henley & Partners Passport Index – which, while currently inundated with fierce competitors, is the only ranking that has been tracking the value and quality

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Visa-Waiver Week Continues: Saint Lucia and Vanuatu Both Sign Agreements With UAE

The latest in a flurry of visa-free dealmaking activity resulting from the United Nations General Assembly this week, both Saint Lucia and Vanuatu have now signed mutual travel-freedom agreements with the United Arab Emirates, according to an article in Emirati newspaper Ahlan. Earlier this week, Saint Kitts signed similar agreements with Russia and Indonesia and signaled

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