Ram gets Dubai visa

The United Arab Emirates will allow Israel's Andy Ram to play in the men's Dubai Championships next week...

Written by Reuters | Dubai | Published: February 20, 2009 11:38 pm

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will allow Israel’s Andy Ram to play in the men’s Dubai Championships next week,the state news agency WAM said on Thursday. A UAE foreign ministry official was quoted as saying the doubles specialist would be given special permission to take part.

“This…does not politically imply any form of normalisation with countries with which the UAE has no diplomatic relations,” the official told WAM.

Top Israeli player Shahar Peer had to forfeit her place in the women’s tournament in Dubai this week after the UAE blocked her visa application,inviting criticism from officials and players alike. The UAE,like most Arab countries,has no diplomatic ties with Israel and routinely denies entry to Israelis.

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