IsramWorld, a New York-based tour operator that is among the world’s largest tour companies, has cancelled tours to Dubai in light of a recent international controversy.

The company decided to end their programs in Dubai after the United Arab Emirates chose to deny 21 year-old Shahar Peer, an Israeli singles tennis player ranked number 15 in the world, a visa to take part in the Dubai Tennis Championships.

This “odious act of political bigotry,” according to President and CEO of IsramWorld, A. Ady Gelber, has proven to the company that “Dubai appears not ready to be a part of the world tourism family.”

IsramWorld began marketing trips to the United Arab Emirates two years ago as part of travel packages with also included the likes of Israel, Turkey, and Egypt. Despite discontinuing their work in Dubai, the company still operates in over 50 nations worldwide.

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