Yes, it seems it was the wrong kind. Israeli.It seems more like there was something wrong with her passport or some other reason they don't have to give for not allowing her into the country.
Seriously, security reasons were given. Some folks just don't buy it.
That is to be seen, but I think the answer is "yes".PS - All you guys actually think the UAE/Dubai cares about sporting events? That's like half a percent of there actual tourist economy.
It's not the event per se, or the trickle of cash, but the image it leaves. I wouldn't be surprised if they lost money on the event.
So why do it?
They compete against the likes of Thailand, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia and Florida for tourists and need to expand their market to keep things rolling. They also want to attract residents.
This event has tarnished their image a bit.
But they could rectify it and come out the better for it by ensuring she has a spot next year.