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Emirates Airline to offer complimentary visas for Canadians

Nov. 28, 2011, Toronto - Emirates airline announced Saturday the launch of a complimentary UAE visa service for Canadians traveling to Dubai with the Dubai Stopover Program.

November 28, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Canadian passengers now receive free entry to the country for up to 36
hours when they book one of the exciting hotel and sightseeing packages
offered through Emirates.

"Customer service is always a priority for Emirates and we are thrilled to introduce the complimentary visa service for our Canadian stopover customers," said Don McWilliam, Emirates Manager Canada. McWilliam noted that the service makes exploring one of the world's great cities easier than ever before. "The free 36-hour visa, in conjunction with our increased Canadian connections through a recently announced interline agreement with WestJet, means more choice and added convenience for Canadian travelers," he added.

The Dubai Stopover Program introduces Emirates customers to Dubai, with packages starting from as little as $39 CAD per person per night. Passenger can choose from a full range of hotels and apartments, and the deal now includes free UAE entry. Stopover customers also enjoy personalized meet-and-assist in Dubai, including VIP escort through Dubai International Airport upon arrival, hotel transfers, buffet breakfast, taxes and service charges, as well as a free welcome pack – which includes a Dubai Mall privilege discount booklet, offering savings at retail and entertainment outlets in one of the world's largest malls, 24-hour contact numbers, postcards and much more.

Toronto's Kompas Express serves as the fulfilment partner for the Emirates Dubai Stopover Packages, allowing passengers and travel agents to book with a local contact. To secure the 36-hour complimentary UAE visa, Emirates customers must purchase the stopover package and simply provide the application form, a colour copy of their passport and a colour passport sized photo to Kompas Express, who will handle the rest.


The Dubai Stopover offer is available to all Emirates passengers and combinable with all fares. It is not restricted to any specific class of travel. Passengers on Emirates may take advantage of a stopover package on both the inbound or outbound leg of their journey, offering two opportunities to experience the hospitality and vibrancy of Dubai, the proud home of Emirates airline.

McWilliam noted that Canadians traveling to Dubai with Emirates do so aboard the world's most technologically advanced aircraft. "The Emirates A380 offers passengers unparalleled in-flight experience and luxury," he said.


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