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Old 7th August 2010, 05:03 AM
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Thanks bonk, you said what I had in the earlier post in a more clear way that's what I had presumed about the whole jewish vs israeli vs israel passport stamp conundrum

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Not allowed unless accompanied by a special ministry of interior permit which is sanctioned at highest levels of govt.

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The facts

The UAE does not want to know about Judaism. It isn't really an option on a visa application. The practice of Judiasm can only go on behind closed doors in a private home.

There is a small synagogue in Dubai which was built for a Jewish business partner of a sheik, but it will never admitted that it exists.

An Israeli stamp in the passport of tourist or someone applying for residency is not a problem..
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The facts

The UAE does not want to know about Judaism. It isn't really an option on a visa application. The practice of Judiasm can only go on behind closed doors in a private home.

There is a small synagogue in Dubai which was built for a Jewish business partner of a sheik, but it will never admitted that it exists.

An Israeli stamp in the passport of tourist or someone applying for residency is not a problem..
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Great, I would be remiss if I didn't visit Jerusalem at some point during my tenure in the region, huge history buff here

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The practice of Judiasm can only go on behind closed doors in a private home.

There is a small synagogue in Dubai which was built for a Jewish business partner of a sheik, but it will never admitted that it exists.
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I am an orthodox jew and possibly being transferred to UAE. Will that be a problem? Is the synangogue active? underground?

in general, is there some sort of expat Jewish activity? community?

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Officially it's not a problem or an issue but a friend spent a longer time than normal at Dubai customs due to a previous Israeli stamp in his passport.

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They don't recognize Israel but they do recognize Graff & Levant Diamonds having shops here, the biggest Israeli and South African Israeli businessmen in Dubai.

When it comes down to business no one cares....

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in general, is there some sort of expat Jewish activity? community?
The synagogue is secret and no one will admit to it being here. It was set up for a specific businessman and I doubt you'll get access. You will not be able to obtain kosher food or practice openly. I don't believe there is an option to select Jew as a religious belief on the visa form either.

What you do in your own home is entirely your choice, but sadly your religion is not something that you really want to talk about openly here. The level of anti-semitism is frankly appalling, but most people seem unable to differentiate between Jews and Israel.

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Great, I would be remiss if I didn't visit Jerusalem at some point during my tenure in the region, huge history buff here
If you or anyone else do go, you can ask that your passport not be stamped at the border, although this is a hit and miss situation depending on the mood of the immigration officer. They will stamp your immigration card instead. (Do not ever lose this!!) The process can be easier too, using the "VIP Service" or the normal crossing (with the Palestinians) from Allenby Bridge from Jordan. Cost more than going through the airport (using VIP, car services, etc but not a flight from Amman - Tel Aviv) and much more scenic. You'll get to see more of the "political situation" too.

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What you do in your own home is entirely your choice, but sadly your religion is not something that you really want to talk about openly here. The level of anti-semitism is frankly appalling, but most people seem unable to differentiate between Jews and Israel.
Dang. Up until now this thread was giving me hope.

Dangerous for open Jewishness?

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