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UAE to reduce Canadian visa fees by a third

The move marks an easing of tensions between the two countries following airline spat

UAE to reduce Canadian visa fees by a third

The UAE will reduce visa fees for Canadian tourists by up to a third in a further sign of easing relations between the two countries, it has been reported.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said he hoped the move would mark a thawing in relations following a two-year dispute over airline landing rights.

“I hope that’s only one step toward relaxing the visa regime between our two countries,” he said in comments published in The Globe and Mail. A senior aid confirmed the costs would be reduced by around a third.

The two countries on Tuesday signed a nuclear deal paving the way for Canada, the world's second-biggest uranium producer, to export nuclear materials and technology to the UAE.

“This pact is testimony to bilateral ties that are strong and getting ever stronger,” said John Baird, the UAE Canadian foreign minister, in Ottawa.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated rapidly after Canada’s transport agency refused to give UAE carriers Etihad and Emirates new landing rights. The UAE retaliated with the closure of Camp Mirage, a secret military base located outside Dubai and used to supply Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

Relations began to cool after Canada struck a deal last year to set up a new staging base in nearby Kuwait, and Baird visited the UAE last November.

Baird in March said relations were “going in the right direction” after talks with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah. “Canada and the UAE have had some challenging times in the past, many people said the relationship was going in the wrong direction,” adding relations were now “better than they've been and they're going in the right direction”.

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Ali 8 years ago

Great news!!!

Jamal 8 years ago

we hope from Canda goverement to exert it's maximum eforts to retain a good relationship with very potential business country in the region(UAE) and remove condition new adopted on Candanians to have pre-issue visit visa and to treat the Candians similar to other US and Eruop citizens.

John 8 years ago

Excellent news. Hope the next step is the complete removal of the visa regime and restoration of visa upon arrival. I live in Qatar and travel to Dubai every week and its gruelling to pay the USD$ 50 every week and undergo the eye scanning procedure.

Hassawn 8 years ago

At this rate, we can hope to go back to "normal" in another ten years!

procan 8 years ago

Hassawn excellent guesstimation all things been fair and equal, I certainly agree its possible!

Ali 8 years ago

Tourists and businessmen from many countries that have trade and other ties with the UAE or are becoming strong economies are still undergo this "gruelling" process; South Africa, Turkey, India, Brazil and Russia being just some of the countries.

It is not the end of the world that Canadians, at least for the time being, are being subject to the same checks that these nationalities are. It is not as if there is one rule for everyone and another for Canadians, rather Canadians are in the same boat as 160 0dd countries, and many visitors from those countries to the UAE are as well off or even better off than the average Canadian visitor

DRG 7 years ago

I live and work in the UAE and I am a Canadian. The UAE is a good place to live and work and I certainly hope that the Canadian and Emirati governments will patch things up. With family in Canada wanting to come and visit, the new visa regime does throw roadblocks in the way. I have a solution: How about Emirates and / or Etihad, both great airlines, strike up codeshare agreements with Air Canada? I am sure the Canadian government could apply a bit of pressure of their own to AC. Help AC buy six or eight dreamliners or A350s / A380s and run a regular service into Dubai and Abu Dhabi and codeshare it. Ditto with Emirates and Etihad aircraft. It would be no different than the arrangements that Lufthansa and Air Canada share, whereby half the flights to Frankfurt on a daily basis are Lufthansa aircraft and half are Air Canada aircraft. Easy. Hey Ottawa dig out that chequebook and buy AC the dreamliners, or give them a loan guarantee and voila the problem goes away.

Mr Salat 7 years ago

Recently I Visit UAE, city Dubai I was at airport thee hours in line of Visa that not good thing for canadian people or Canada world stage. I was with Uk Citizen, they finish there visa two munite, but my they deal canadian like third world passport not western passport. I was very disapoint how they deal for Canadian and is all Canadian Government.
I hope Canadian Government can built good relations UAE.

The Canadian 7 years ago

Dubai is loosing so much money; the way Canadians been treated in the airport is not acceptable specially being part of north america.
Hopefully the realtions go back to normal and not stay the same and for what ... for vancouver airport fees!!!

Richard 7 years ago

Does anyone know how one gets a transit visa if they arrive for one day on a cruise ship? We would dock in the morning and be gone by the evening.