My wife, my son and I are going to Dubai as part of a stopover in Pakistan from the UK. I am a UK national as is my son so we have no problem getting a visa as i understand it. However my wife is a Pakistani national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK permit so she would require a tourist visa for Dubai. I am struggling to get a visa for her as her pakistani passport is not machine readable and as such we can not apply online via the emirates website (which we have booked the flights with) as they require machine readable passport for visa online application. I have contacted movenpick hotel in Dubai where we will be staying and they say they do not issue visas for guests. Expedia where we booked the hotel from do not issue visas. Applying to the UAE embassy just looks really complicated with their sponsor requirements and everything else. I am running out of ideas on how to apply! We are going from the UK on the 14th December, then on the way back we are staying in Dubai for 3 days on the 2nd Jan 2013. If someone can suggest any ideas, I would appreciate it! I was thinking of changing her passport to a machine readable one from the pakistani consulate in Manchester where we live and then apply online, but any other better ideas would be most welcome!