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Security a concern for Peer, say WTA Dubai Open authorities

Security a concern for Peer, say WTA Dubai Open authorities

Plus, UAE banks need more time to start lending, says Al Suweidi; Financial crisis in full swing, says SAMA governor; HADD angers nationals because of increased medical costs; Ajman Bank posts AED3 million profits for 2008

February 18, 2009 12:00 by


  1. No Name on February 18, 2009 7:39 am

    Great move from Dubai… keep going on :)

  2. dohadave on February 18, 2009 8:50 am

    So Dubai can look after Presidents of the USA, arrange other World Cups like 7’s, but can’t look after one Lady tennis player? Yeah, right!

  3. Umar on February 18, 2009 9:18 am

    it is not always politics! Sometimes people have to consider the safety of the players and the fans. While some of us will maturely understand that politics should be kept away from sports, there could be a minority group which will seek an opportunity to disrupt the event just to prove a point. It is not worth the risk.

    Dubai has done the right thing in its own interest. So what if one player was denied visa. UAE has the right to grant visa to whoever they want just like any other country. Other countries have also denied visas of professional players around the world.

    Well done UAE!!!!!

  4. labolts on February 18, 2009 9:27 am

    lame excuse to not give someone a visa…. If Dubai wants to hold any world championship they have to allow all members in.

  5. Grahame on February 18, 2009 11:44 am

    Surely the other Israeli player will not be granted a visa as you cant grant one and not the other.There has been so many protests in and around the Gulf States over Gaza even kin Abu Dhabi what would happen if it was an Iraqi player come Dubai wake up security is not the reason if it is why not ban all the Palastinians who were just as much to blame for

  6. naj on February 19, 2009 8:00 am

    great move from Dubai.
    we can not accept an israeli person in an arabic country now where the israeli terrorists are killing thousands.
    UAE is an Arabic country at the end of the day. pls remember that.

  7. Fulan on February 19, 2009 4:33 pm

    Good call Dubai!
    The Dubai WTA should impose a minimum world ranking to allow to play in the games.
    She was ranked 48, not worthy to set foot on UAE soil nor entertain us.

  8. Fulan on February 19, 2009 5:05 pm

    Good call Dubai!
    The Dubai WTA should raise the standard of its contestants.
    She was ranked 48!!, NOT even worthy to set foot on a UAE court nor entertain us.

  9. Fulan on February 19, 2009 5:11 pm

    DUBAI, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates confirmed it would let Israel’s Andy Ram play in next week’s men’s Dubai Tennis Championships, 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 in the tournament.

    “When in debt….. issue SPECIAL visas”


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