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Dubai to Tel Aviv, on Lady Gaga airways

Pop diva will fly to Israel with an entourage of 100, stay in the Ritz Carlton Herzliya for her September 13 show

Debra writes for the JTA, and is a former features writer for The Times of Israel.

Lady Gaga in performance. (photo credit: PR Sand)
Lady Gaga in performance. (photo credit: PR Sand)

Leave it to Lady Gaga to fly direct to Tel Aviv from Dubai.

Details of the pop diva’s flight route, as well as a sneak peek at the spectacular stage and entourage that are accompanying her on her latest world tour, were released on Tuesday ahead of the multi-Grammy winner’s performance in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.

Gaga, a bonafide international superstar whose current tour of the globe is dubbed “ArtRave: The ArtPop Ball,” will arrive in Israel on a private plane that is doing what no commercial airliner can do — fly directly from the UAE into Israel. Accompanying her on the flight will be a team of more than 100 staff, stagehands and performers who will all help launch her Saturday night show, promised by producer Udi Appleboim to be one of the biggest and most spectacle-packed performances the Jewish state has ever seen.

Lady Gaga has booked the presidential suite at the Ritz Carlton Herzliya for her stay in Israel, just as her buddy Justin Timberlake did during his time here earlier this year.

Workers at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park are already setting up the beginnings of Gaga’s custom stage, which will be equipped with state-of-the-art scenery and technology to accompany the “Bad Romance” singer during her performance.

More than 23,000 tickets have already been sold for the show, which producers worried might have to be canceled in light of Operation Protective Edge — Lana Del Rey and Neil Young were among the major musical acts who had their Tel Aviv shows nixed this summer as fighting with Gaza continued. But as the ceasefire with Hamas continues to hold, Gaga’s show is definitely on, with the singer even releasing a short video clip last week in which she said “Shalom” to her Israeli fans and talked about how excited she is to perform here.

The Saturday night show will begin at 9:30, after public transportation begins running again following the Sabbath, but fans can enter the park as early as 6 p.m. to jostle for space with a clear view of the stage. Tickets for the show are still available, with lawn access going for NIS 370 ($100), VIP seats costing NIS 1,250 and the much-coveted Golden Ring costing NIS 1,450 a person.

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