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Israel's Ram given visa to play in Dubai

February 19, 2009 20:08 IST

The United Arab Emirates confirmed it will allow Israel's Andy Ram to 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.

Top Israeli player Shahar Peer had to forfeit her place in this week's women's tournament after the UAE blocked her visa application.

The UAE, like most Arab countries, has no diplomatic ties with Israel and routinely denies entry to Israelis.

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