Originally Posted by w_man
Have you or your friends contacted a travel agency in Canada? Not everyone knows how to deal with this yet so they might have to call a few different agents.
Worst case scenario - they can simply get a regular tourist visa from UAE Embassy in Canada for $250/per person. This is a straight forward process and usually is done within a few days (even though they say it could take up to 15 business days).
I guess that is the main problem... they don't live in Canada. They are expats as well living in different countries.
I found a few options and have contacted them... I don't know how legit this SPOT
is, but found them via a search and will given them a try. They also list a few hotels to the side and I am assuming that these hotels will more than likely be able to assist. Will try it out...
Damn, I just wish Canada will let the freakin' Emirates/Etihad planes in. I mean Air Canada doesn't fly to the UAE, so why not let someone else? Competition is good for everyone, right?