Jumeirah chief slams gov't airline protection policies

Gerald Lawless singles out Canada, which has prevented UAE airlines from expanding flights

Milton Keynes

Don't ask from others what you are not ready to offer.
Business in UAE is not free and most companies in Dubai Stock have inflated ratings because they have no competitors.
If the right to do business in was as in Europe or USA, that companies could come invest and play on fair grounds, all these monopolies would not last a year.
These are facts for all sectors of activity in UAE, airlines, telecomunication, Real Estate, facilities (Empower, Tabrid) or even Banking system (even if you do see some foreign brands)
Improve services, make prices more reasonable, have ethic and fair contractual obligations in dealing with suppliers and employees; then we can speak about a comparison and RIGHTS. This word is used too many times with the wrong understanding by many local companies CEO's. Do they understand "Consumer & Customers RIGHTS" ? doubt it

Adam Flinter

I can't wait the next instalment of pro-government lackey in unrelated industry pipes in on an issue the country he lives in is also guilty of.

Next week, the CEO of RAK Ceramics complains about EU subsidies for tomato growers in Italy, how it is affecting the African internal market and argues that he should be allowed to sell ceramic tomatoes in Italy whenever he wants.


Contrary to your knowledge, Hospitality Industry is quite related to Aviation. Success of Emirates directly reflects on local hospitality sector.

Comment on the merit of article would be more meaningful then who should be saying what.


Governments do what they feel they have to do . Can you do business in UAE without a 51% local partner ?

Investors who were promised permanent residency if they invested in Property in Dubai have been left in the lurch struggling to get visas for their families.

Property that was declared as a Free zone property when sold was declared as non TECOM when it suited the authorities.

And Nakheel CEO says creditors should be happy if they get 20%.

Let us not point fingers Mr. Lawless. We live in a Glass House here.

As far as landing rights go, UAE airlines have, I am told, access to 17 airports in India , UAE offers only 3 in return. The Indian National carrier AIR INDIA has suffered badly because Emirates is now picking up customers from India and taking them through to Europe and America while Air India can only do return flights to Dubai , Abu Dhabi or Sharjah. If you talk of an open skies policy let UAE open its airports for through traffic by International carriers.


compare the size of India and UAE (land mass / # of airports) and then you will find 3 to 17 ratio is quite high enough.

Dubai is hub for Emirates for Air India they need to build one in India. It surely can't expect Dubai to be its hub.

John Harte

How about the UAE ending 51% ownership of companies by locals if Gerald Lawless really wants a level playing field, then there would be true freedom of competition.

As usual, very long-term expats like this man go native when it comes to these matters in order to curry favor with the elites.


Rasheed you must be kidding ,our reality is just fine thank you. You on the other hand are not so healthy sustain and fix your self. Defend your self at all times. Protectionism is the first line of defence .You are right thou about this , Globalization in just rhetoric.


Legacy carriers such as Air Canada operate on a totally different business model to the upstarts in the Gulf which depend on government money, cheap fuel and no trade unions. Chalk and cheese.


West seems to think fuel keeps gushing out of every tap here.

Government including yours gives lots of subsidies to local population. But why would uae subsides a global airlines when bulk of the passengers are outsiders? That's just your politician / media rhetoric.

The problem is when a company in west (RIM) grows and gains global dominance it is brilliance, innovation, and other fluffy stuffs.

But when a company from East or Mid-east gains global footings, the west seems hard to accept this could be due to good business, hard work.

Peter Johnstone

Oh, get over yourself Mr Lawless ... all these governments have their reasons for protecting their own interests, in the same way that the UAE Government protects Etisalat and du from the likes of Skype and other competition in the telecoms market. How is that different ? Stop complaining about the same thing over and over and focus on a few more important things in life .

free thinker

you have to compare apples with apples , skype is there for computer to computer or smart phone and every one is using it.
so sorry , besides everyone is using Viber or another App .

if you like to nag , then have something real , the issue is genuine and we need to understand that some countries are NOT economically free, or democratic as they claim they are , like Canada and they simple want to put ever one down since they cannot provide a better service.
let the customer decide , that is the right way fair competition , and let the best provider win.


Bang on Peter. Bulls eye! Mr. Lawless is a very nice man, fortunate in life to find his ivory tower niche within the 'worship everything Dubai' green house, from his more humble beginnings in Bahrain. Grandeur beyond reality so prevalent in the Gulf region. Maybe it is the same mentality media who set him up well beyond his terms of reference. Perhaps he was speaking off the cuff, but it doesn't sound like it.
Canada is a free, almost too democratic country with very different commerce laws which in theory allows equal privilege to all citizens and business and even visitors. It may indeed be short sighted of them to impose this airline restriction through lack of reciprocal capacity, but at least they stuck to their conviction.

Rasheed Yussuf

If the world should remain as a global village, with healthy competition and an unwavering strive for excellence,then the governments of Canada and Germany must wake up to this reality. The rhetoric of globalization, and fairness must transcend beyond mere words to sustainable action.

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