Sunday, February 15, 2009
Hmm, tough to have a world-class tennis tournament if you won't allow citizens of certain countries access: "Israeli Peer refused Dubai visa".

Of course, the UAE doesn't have diplomatic relations with Israel. Shit, they don't even call it Israel. They call it the "Occupied Palestinian Territories"!


In fact the rumor, at least when we lived in Dubai, was that anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport (showing that they'd entered Israel) would be denied entry into the UAE.

Of course the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC says that "All Americans with a US passport valid for more than six months are welcome to enter the UAE. This includes US citizens with visas or entry stamps from other countries."

But I wouldn't try it. Don't want to end up like Tom Hanks in that movie The Terminal ...
posted by Josh at 10:39 AM |


At 5:13 PM, Blogger Will

Does this law apply to diplomats, head of states and businessmen?
Not forgetting you can't access any website that ends with Il in any Arab country.


At 7:54 PM, Blogger Josh

As far as I know there's no real "law" written about it.

All I do know is that every time that I went through customs going into the country, the agent flipped through EVERY page of my passport - presumably looking for visa stamps from Israel.

But officially on paper? I don't think anything's written down ...


At 10:25 PM, Blogger Will

I used to think that, they actually have it on paper. I know Egypt and Mauritania have diplomatic relations with Israel, Qatar is on the course or was. And I just read something about Saudia rejecting the pressure to change heavy restrictions on religious besides Islam.