Inside the Middle East
December 30, 2010
Posted: 1154 GMT

Beginning in January, Canadian citizens visiting the United Arab Emirates will have to pay as much as 1,000 Canadian dollars to obtain a visa, according to the website of the UAE Embassy in Ottawa.

This major change in policy is the most recent development in the ongoing altercation between both countries over airline landing rights.

Canadians, who until now have been allowed entry into the UAE without a visa and free of charge, will not only be required to pay for a visa starting next month, they'll also have to apply for one at least 15 days before departure. According to the embassy, Canadians will be charged 250 Canadian dollars for a 30 day visa, $500 Canadian for a three month visa, and $1,000 Canadian for a six-month multiple entry visa. (The Canadian dollar is almost exactly equivalent in currency value to the U.S. dollar.)

At the heart of the dispute are the number of flights per week that UAE airlines are able to make into Canada. The UAE maintains that the current level of six weekly flights for its carriers, Ettihad and Emirtaes, simply doesn't come close to meeting rising demand. Read more...

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proud zionist   December 30th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

Typical Arab blackmail tactics. Next they will send suicide bombers to Ottawa!!

Seventhson   December 30th, 2010 4:38 pm ET

Canadians, Like the Americans, do not like foreigners dictating landing rights policies to them. The UAE feels they can bully our Government into changing landing rights policies by sticking it to tourists from Canada. I for one will not be going to ANY Arab countries anytime soon( If ever for that matter) so I predict, the only people that will be affected, are those Canadian citizens with family in the UAE. The UAE just recently kicked the Canadian military out of the UAE because of this same landing rights policy decision. The UAE acting like a spoiled, whining child will not change our policies here, only hurt tourism there.

John Smith   December 30th, 2010 7:39 pm ET

Guess am not visiting Dubai as planned next year. too bad for their tourism industry. Here I come South America

moneim   January 2nd, 2011 11:50 am ET

1- united arab emirates people have to obtain visa before visiting csnada, so the opposite should be true. which is very logic that canadians would need visa as well.
2- canadian government wants to dictate how economic relations should be, well, based on what? why do the canadians think for second they are better? or they deserve to make use of the arab generosity without offering any thing in return.

3- I dont know how could there be a proud zionist when it is 100% equal to a proud Nazie.

4- equivalence , justice and same measure are what we want and are what we will get, or you can simply forget about our money, and we can direct our economy towrds china and japan.

UAE   January 2nd, 2011 12:12 pm ET

Why are canadians whining , when Canada is already requiring visa from UAE citizens ?? Stop you hypocrisy and double standards.. we should kick out all canadians from our country,, they need us more than we need them,

Dave Smith   January 3rd, 2011 9:40 am ET

Air Emirates are like a huge dinosaur eating up everything that gets in it’s way. This dinosaur must be stopped before it’s too late otherwise they will eat other airlines out of the market and the passengers will pay the hefty price for it in the future. It will cost other countries many millions of jobs and only the UAE will benefit from it if it goes unhindered.
It’s been clear for some time now that the Airline has been thriving from UAE subsidies, this giving it an unfair position in the world market. It’s staff are paid poorly (about a quarter of European and North American rates), this giving it an extra advantage in the market.
Good move Canada – Don’t Fly Emirates.

peacecj   January 4th, 2011 3:16 am ET

There are approximately 186 countries in the world. Canadians do not have to visit UAE, if they are not respected/wanted. Unlike UAE and the citizens of UAE, canadians have money and do travel. I am sure they can find a decent country for a decent price to visit. Besides there is nothing facinating in UAE, except sand.
UAE has been experimenting with different nationalities for the past 50 years, and they are still in the experimenting process. At one time, they used to eat dates and drink camels milk.

Ariely   January 4th, 2011 3:55 am ET

Nazi Head Himmler stated:

Islam educates and promises men heaven if they fight and are killed in action. A very practical and attractive religion for soldiers.

Himmler Head of SS established Islamic Institute ‘Islamische Zentralinstitut’ in Dresden under the Mufti

The purpose was to create a generation of Islamic leaders that would

Himler sucseeded

Ariely   January 4th, 2011 3:55 am ET

Dr. Serge Trifkovic documents the similarities between radical Islam and Nazism in his book

"The Sword of the Prophet."

He noted parallels in both ideologies:
1: belief in undemocratic governance by a "divine" leader (an Islamic caliph, or Nazi führer).
2: quest for world dominance,
3: demand for the total subordination of the free will of the individual
4:, belief in the abolishment of the nation-state in favor of a "higher" community
(in Islam the umma or community of all believers; in Nazism, the herrenvolk or master race),
5: anti-Semitism

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