Dubai Disappoints

israeli-flagVery sad that UAE has taken a stance to mix sport and politics.  It has refiused a visa to 21 year old Israeli tennis champ,  Shahar Peer.  It is heartwarming to note however that there has been an international outcry against Dubai for allowing this to happen, with calls for censure.  If you read the news reports you will notice the lame excuses which Dubai tennis authorty has cited as the reason for doing this, purpoting to being concerned about the well being of Shahar herself.     

Haaretz,  quotes WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott  as follows : “We are deeply disappointed by the decision of the United Arab Emirates denying Shahar Peer a visa that would permit her to enter the country to play in the Dubai Tennis Championships,”  and further  “All the players support Shahar,” said Venus Williams, who is in Dubai for the tournament. “We are all athletes and we stand for tennis. The players have to be unified and support the tour whichever direction they take on the issue.”  Added French Open champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia:  “I really don’t like sports to be mixed with politics.”  http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1064269.html

.  At the time of being awarded the tournament in Dubai, they had promised WTA specifically that israelis would be allowed into the Country.  I have no doubt that UAE will suffer the effects of this decision on many different levels for many years to come.

I hope all who read this act appropriately when considering DUBAI as a place to do business….

 Dick Cheney?  are you going to keep your mouth shut on this one?

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4 Comments on “Dubai Disappoints”

  1. KC Travel February 18, 2009 at 10:34 AM #

    You’ll be happy to know that the Tennis Channel declined to broadcast the games, the Wall Street Journal cancelled its sponsorship, and IsramWorld, a leading tour operatore, has dropped all its UAE programs (for details, see my blog at http://kctravelagency.wordpress.com).

  2. oblogdeeoblogda February 18, 2009 at 9:29 PM #

    I NK THEY CHANGES THEIR MINDS TODAY -

  3. Top Real Estates February 19, 2009 at 7:00 AM #

    Nice post! Keep it real.I have looked over your blog a few times and I love it.

    • oblogdeeoblogda February 19, 2009 at 8:02 PM #

      Thanks I think you are my very first fan. Let me know which posts interest you most, I am still finding my feet. Right now I write about whatever irks or jerks me…. mel

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