Is it possible for an Israeli passport holder to transit through Dubai airport? Obviously assuming that the person stays air-side, has a connection on the same ticket, and the next flight leaves within the same day.

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    It's different because the person in question has a second passport which he can show to the immigration authorities.
    – JonathanReez
    Nov 25, 2014 at 23:12
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    @Gagravarr this question is not about bags. UAE bans all Israeli passport holders from entering the country and has no diplomatic relations with Israel.
    – JonathanReez
    Nov 25, 2014 at 23:14
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    @pnuts Jewish name and Israeli passport are entirely different things :)
    – JonathanReez
    Nov 25, 2014 at 23:17
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    But the answer on that Q links to this Q! Argh, inception!
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 26, 2014 at 2:27

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Regrettably, the United Arab Emirates refuses to make a clear statement on this, probably out of fear at the Arab backlash at dealing with the Zionist entity and all that.

However, in practice, transiting Dubai (or any other UAE airport) with an Israeli passport seems fine. The CEO of Australian airline Qantas, which has a close partnership with Emirates, has publicly stated:

“Passengers do not need to pass through immigration at Dubai to continue onward to Europe,” he wrote. “Israeli passport holders can transit through Dubai.”

Actually entering the UAE, though, is generally not allowed, certainly not without an advance visa which is rarely granted.

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