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On Canada’s military base in Dubai 7, October 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
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(A – Camp Mirage in Minhad Air Force Base)

Rumors are afoot suggesting that Canada is being forced to consider pulling some of its troops out of its base near Dubai in the UAE. Apparently, the UAE are using the threat of evicting Canada from their base as a means to force the Canadian government to allow Emirates and Etihad Airlines direct access to Canada. Such competition would be severely detrimental for Canada’s national airlines.

The base was established in 2001 in preparation for Canada’s involvement in operations in Afghanistan. Officially, the location of Canada’s base in the Persian Gulf is a secret, though one that is not kept very well: Camp Mirage is on Minhad Air Force Base south of Dubai.

This base is also used by Australian and New Zealand forces.


Talks have stalled and Canada is no longer allowed access to the camp.