A flydubai flight from Tel Aviv touched down in Dubai on Thursday, marking the primary scheduled business service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, in a continuation of the 2 states’ normalized relations.
Passengers on the Dubai-Tel Aviv leg earlier on Thursday had been greeted on arrival by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who hailed the inaugural four-hour journey because the “realization of a dream.”
Some 200 Israelis then boarded the airplane for its return leg to the UAE and had been greeted with the message “Welcome to Dubai” as they disembarked. The airline will function twice-daily fights between the 2 cities.
The landmark flights come after Israel final week ratified a visa exemption cope with the UAE, its first such settlement with any Arab nation, as the 2 international locations agreed to launch frequent direct flights from December.
Israel’s warming ties with the Gulf States additionally noticed it obtain Bahrain’s first ever authorities delegation final week, with officers together with Trump’s Center East envoy Avi Berkowitz arriving on what was Gulf Air’s first flight to Tel Aviv.
Bahrain and the UAE normalized ties with Israel in the summertime, in a deal often known as the Abraham Accords, overseen by US President Donald Trump and signed on the White Home. The settlement was later altered to incorporate Sudan.
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