Canadians face up to $1,000 UAE visa fees after row

* UAE sets visa fees of $250 to $1,000 for Canadians

* Move follows row over air rights for UAE airlines

DUBAI, Dec 29 (BestGrowthStock) – Canadian nationals will have to
pay as much as $1,000 in visa fees to travel to the United Arab
Emirates from next month, the latest development in a diplomatic
row over landing rights.

Tensions have risen between the two countries since Canada
denied expanded landing rights for UAE airlines flying to
Canada. That triggered a UAE government decision to end access
to a military base used by the Canadian military to support
troops in Afghanistan.

The UAE embassy in Ottawa said on its website that Canadians
would be charged $250 for a 30-day single entry visa while a
six-month multiple entry visa would cost $1000, with a maximum
stay of 14 days during each visit.

Canada was among more than 30 mostly Western countries whose
citizens benefited from a UAE visa waiver, but a UAE official
said in November that Canadians must obtain a visa in advance to
travel from Jan. 2 to the Gulf state, which includes regional
tourism hub Dubai and major oil exporter Abu Dhabi.

Dubai carrier Emirates [EMIRA.UL] has been lobbying the
Canadian government to boost its thrice-weekly direct flights to
Toronto and more Canadian destinations, with support from the
UAE government, but failed to gain greater access. Abu Dhabi’s
Etihad Airways also wants to increase its flights.

“With 25,000 Canadians living in the UAE…as well as 200
Canadian companies active in the UAE today, six flights per week
does not service the economic needs of both countries or the
potential for growth,” the UAE ambassador said in a statement.

UAE’s efforts to gain more landing rights in Canada has been
criticised by Air Canada (ACa.TO: ) (ACb.TO: ), which has accused
Emirates of wanting to steal away connecting passengers that
help make its routes profitable. [ID:nN09208309]
(Reporting by Mahmoud Habboush; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Canadians face up to $1,000 UAE visa fees after row