The whole world had a perception of Muslims being terrorists and extremists. The people of the Western World regarded Muslims as dangerous and Muslim countries as no-go areas. With time, this view is changing. The western world has seen the amount of effort put in by Muslim nations to fight off terrorism, the valiant effort put in to maintain global peace and all that Muslim nations do for the world. These changes have led to several changes across the world where Muslim countries are now seen with great regard, praised and honored. Another recent development was when Singapore and Germany were pushed down the list of countries with the most powerful passports as the United Arab Emirates surpassed them.
A person who has the UAE passport can now enter 167 countries without getting a visa beforehand. Not just this, if you are a UAE passport holder, you can visit 113 countries without a visa and another 54 using on arrival.
Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wrote on Twitter:
“Congratulations to the UAE and its people and big thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s teams,”
This has happened for the very first time that a Muslim country has topped the list of the world’s most powerful passport. The list ranks countries based on the power the passport holder in terms of international access.
Several countries ranked third, such as Denmark, Sweden, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, and the United States. Citizens holding the passports of these countries can visit 165 countries with either visa on arrival or no visa at all. Ranking 4th, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Austria, Greece, and the United Kingdom, have blessed citizens who can enter 164 countries without a visa or on visa on arrival.
India ranked 65 and Afghanistan ended up being the world’s weakest passport with only allowing its passport holders to visit 29 countries.