UAE among top 10 soft power nations

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The United Arab Emirates has entered the top 10 of a global index that ranks nations by their soft power.

It's the first time that the UAE has been ranked among the top 10 countries in the Global Soft Power Index, and is the highest placed Middle Eastern country on the list after jumping five places from last year. 

The index, compiled by Brand Finance, is a survey-based annual research study capturing opinions of over 100,000 respondents worldwide on 121 nation brands.

The United States, the UK and Germany all retained their first, second and third positions, while Ukraine registered the biggest improvement, jumping 14 ranks up to 37th from 51st.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, lauded the UAE's latest achievement.

"The UAE's entry into the top 10 in the Global Soft Power Index of 121 nations indicates its influential role in the international arena," said Sheikh Mohammed.

"The UAE's status and image is the responsibility of every individual living on this good land," he added.

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