Two Israeli tourists injured in a car accident in Dubai said they were starred by medical staff, apparently because they are Israelis. The crown prince and president of the emirate even sent a helicopter to rescue her.

Liran Landau and his fellow traveler, identified only as Neta, were hospitalized after the accident in the desert, Channel 12 news reported on Sunday.

When Landau spoke to the ward from his hospital bed, he said that he was in a stable condition and that Neta, who had sustained slightly worse injuries, was also stable. The report did not specify when the accident happened or how badly the couple was injured.

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“We are here in the hospital and they take care of us in a really exemplary way,” said Landau. “Sheikh al-Halifa and Sheikh Mohamad Ben Ziad both sent a helicopter to rescue us in the middle of the desert. [help] arrived in four-wheel drive jeeps from all directions, [there were] Police, ”he said, apparently referring to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, during a meeting at the White House in Washington on May 15, 2017. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

“We discovered that we were Israelis and that we received VIP treatment straight away,” he said. “I have a British passport and Neta has a Portuguese passport,” but the paramedics still advised them to identify themselves as Israeli.

“The paramedics told us to have Israeli passports because they will take the best possible care of them [us]”, Landau recalled.” And so it was. They laid the red carpet for us at the entrance to the hospital. We’d rather stay here than at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a normalization agreement in September under which regular flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai were established several times a week.

There has been a rush of Israeli tourism on the land. A Ministry of Health source was quoted on the Ynet website on Sunday, which estimated that there are currently around 10,000 Israelis in Dubai, where they were warmly welcomed by locals.

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