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The UAE occupies 46th position amongst 167 nationalities
listed in the index

UAE nationality outperforms for top ranking in Mena

DUBAI, April 25, 2018

The UAE nationality has significantly outperformed to become the leading nationality in the Mena region constituting of 20 countries and surpassing its previous ranking of being the best performing within the GCC, a report said.

The Emirati nationality now occupies 46th position out of 167 nationalities listed in the index, having climbed three positions year-on-year, and 13 positions over the past five years, according to the 3rd edition of the Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), which was launched in London today (April 25).

The UAE nationality made a significant leap forward when its holders received visa-free travel access to the Schengen Area in 2016.

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 including the National Happiness and Positivity program, the formation of the Artificial Intelligence Council, all of which has seen a constructive influence in enhancing the nation’s public policy and citizen experience.

“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.

“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,” he added.

The Mena region

The average value of GCC nationalities on the QNI General Ranking is 36.12 per cent. This is substantially higher than the Middle Eastern average of 28.24 per cent. The quality of GCC nationalities varies between 45.8 per cent (UAE) and 33.6 per cent (Oman), while the nationalities of the remaining Middle Eastern countries see a wider divide in rankings with Turkey holding the 83rd spot (35.4 per cent), Syrian Arab Republic at 162nd position (16.8 per cent), and Iraq at 165th spot (15.1 per cent) on the QNI.

The Kuwaiti nationality experienced a modest loss in value in 2017, dropping 10 positions in the General Ranking, 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 decreased slightly from 0.816 to 0.800 on the HDI. Peace and Stability also decreased measurably, from 1.842 in 2016 to 1.909 in 2017. The Kuwaiti nationality fell from 72nd place (37.0 per cent) to 82nd place (35.7 per cent), witnessing further downward trajectory over the past five years.

The rankings of other GCC nationalities include: Saudi Arabia on the 89thspot, and Bahrain and Oman both occupying the 90th spot.

Nationality ranking of world’s major economies

France’s quality of nationality is the best in the world, according to the Index. The French nationality earned a score of 81.7 per cent out of a possible 100 per cent, fractionally ahead of Germany, which was knocked off the top spot for the first time in seven years, with a score of81.6 per cent.

While the difference between France’s and Germany’s results is relatively small, France’s comparative advantage lies in its greater Settlement Freedom (attributable mainly to the country’s former colonial empire).

Iceland and Denmark took 3rd and 4th place, respectively, on this year’s Index, which is the only one of its kind that objectively measures and ranks all the world’s nationalities as legal statuses through which to develop your talents and business.

The UK dropped down a position to 13th place, again failing to secure a spot in the top 10, while the US increased its position by two ranks, claiming 27th place, with the country’s relatively poor standing on the Index primarily due to its low Settlement Freedom compared to EU member states. China climbed two places to rank 59th, and Russia maintained its position at 63rd place on the Index.

Prof Dr Dimitry Kochenov, a leading constitutional and citizenship law professor and co-creator of the Index, said the key premise of the QNI is that it is possible to compare the relative worth of nationalities as opposed to simply that of states.

“In today’s globalized world, the legal status of millions of nationals extends their opportunities and desires far beyond their countries of origin: the confines of the state are simply not the limit of their ambitions and expectations,” he said.

“Using a sophisticated combination of quantifiable data derived from leading international institutions and experts, including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Air Transport Association, the QNI measures the internal value of nationality, which refers to the quality of life and opportunities for personal growth within our country of origin, as well as the external value of nationality, which identifies the diversity and quality of opportunities that our nationality allows us to pursue outside our country of origin,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service

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