Emirates Airline to offer complimentary visas for Canadians

Stopover passengers can now experience vibrant Dubai with added ease

TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Emirates airline announced today the launch of a complimentary UAE visa service for Canadians traveling to Dubai with the Dubai Stopover Program. 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.

For booking and information contact Kompas Express at 416-534-8891, toll-free at 1-800-387-6731 or via email at admin@UAEstop.com. Website: UAEstop.com.

About Emirates

Since its launch in 1985, Emirates airline has received more than 300 international awards in recognition of its efforts to provide unsurpassed levels of customer service. Emirates operates out of Dubai with no government protection or subsidies and in an environment that does not restrict competition.

Emirates serves 116 cities around the globe with a young and technologically advanced fleet of aircraft to support the expansion of its international route. Operations on Emirates from New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto connect North America to the world through the airline's route network with extensive connections to the Far East, Australia, Africa and India Subcontinent. The airline announced on September 28 that they will also add Dallas and Seattle to their roster of North American gateways in the coming months. Emirates' central office for Canada is located in Toronto at 90 Sheppard Avenue East and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, please visit www.emirates.com/ca.

SOURCE Emirates airline

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