Henley & Partners-Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index places the UAE 46th globally
The UAE’s quality of nationality is the best in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the 3rd edition of the Henley & Partners–Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI).
While the average value of GCC nationalities on the QNI General Ranking is 36.12 percent, the UAE's score is 45.8 percent, placing it 46th globally out of 167 countries analysed.
The UAE climbed three positions year-on-year, and 13 positions over the past five years.
The Kuwaiti nationality experienced a modest loss in value in 2017, dropping 10 positions, partly because other nationalities performed much better in areas such as peace and stability, diversity of travel of freedom and diversity of settlement freedom.
With its external value remaining roughly equal, the level of human development in Kuwait also decreased slightly as the Kuwaiti nationality fell from 72nd place to 82nd place in the list.
The rankings of other GCC nationalities include Saudi Arabia in 89th spot, and Bahrain and Oman both in 90th position.
Marco Gantenbein, managing partner of Henley & Partners Dubai, said: "It is no surprise that the UAE nationality is the leading nationality in the GCC and the wider MENA region. Although the quality of life in the country has consistently improved with each passing year, in recent times it has been more vigorous than before.
"This is because the UAE government has implemented several citizen-centric and public-sector initiatives... Also, with the World Expo 2020 coming up and major infrastructure development projects underway or announced, the possibilities for personal growth and career development remains very strong in the UAE."
He added: “The UAE’s soft power has also seen tremendous growth, which arises from its strong trade relations with other world economies as evident from the recent visa waiver agreements with Ireland and China. All of these factors demonstrate the diverse and high quality opportunities that a UAE national has access to."
Globally, France’s quality of nationality was named the best in the world in the QNI, scoring 81.7 percent out of a possible 100 percent, fractionally ahead of Germany, Iceland and Denmark.