Toward a commercial war between Canada and United Arab Emirates?

Diplomatic relations between Canada and the United Arab Emirates are again deteriorating. The Embassy of this oil rich country in the Arabian Peninsula in Ottawa announced earlier this week that it will impose a visa requirement for Canadian citizens who travel to Dubai, among other places, for sightseeing holidays. This change is reported in an article from the Media Line, a news agency in the Middle East.

This announcement comes just weeks after several diplomatic incidents happened between the two countries.

Canada has refused to open its airspace to airlines from this country, such as Emirates and Etihad. Each of these airlines fly three times a week to Toronto, but  they wanted to increase the frequency of flights.

Following the failure of this “open-sky” negotiations, the government of UAE has urged Canada to stop using a military base near Dubai (Mirage camp). This space was used to support Canadian troops based in Afghanistan. In 2011, this military base was also supposed to be used for troop withdrawal.

More recently, the plane of the Minister of National Defense of Canada, Peter Mackay, was denied access to UAE airspace.

Submitted by Jean-Virgile Tassé-Themens

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