By Rebecca Stadlen Amir - April 5, 2018

Originally appeared here in Israel21c

While most of Israel was preparing for the Passover holiday, Israeli drivers Dani Pearl and Itai Moldavski landed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to participate in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge off-road race.

The pair was the first team from Israel ever to compete in the race, one of the world’s most prestigious international cross-country rallies, March 24-29.

Though Israel does not have open diplomatic relations with the UAE, ties between Israel and the Arab Gulf states have seemed to warm up in recent weeks. Several days before the race, a flight headed to Israel passed over Saudi airspace for the first time in history.

Pearl and Moldavski, members of the Pearl Pango Racing Team, received an official invitation from the supervisors of the Desert Challenge and entered the UAE with Israeli passports. Read More