An Emirati official stands near an air-plane of El Al, which carried a US-Israeli delegation to the UAE following a normalisation accord, upon it's arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport
An Emirati official stands near an El Al plane, which carried a US-Israeli delegation to the UAE following a normalization accord, upon it's arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport
Photo: AFP
An Emirati official stands near an El Al plane, which carried a US-Israeli delegation to the UAE following a normalization accord, upon it's arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport

Israel, UAE to sign commercial aviation agreement soon

The deal between the 2 states follows Saudi Arabia's decision to open its skies for Israeli flights heading for the UAE, and is expected to greatly enhance the two countries' tourism industry

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Published: 10.14.20 , 12:53
Israel and the United Arab Emirates appear likely to sign an agreement that would see commercial flights between the two countries, as part of the normalization process between the Jewish state and the Gulf state, a senior Israeli official said Tuesday.
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  • In an interview to the Army radio station, the Director-General of Israel's Transportation Ministry Ofer Malka said the deal was almost finalized, and was expected to be signed in the next few days.
    An Emirati official stands near an air-plane of El Al, which carried a US-Israeli delegation to the UAE following a normalisation accord, upon it's arrival at the Abu Dhabi airportAn Emirati official stands near an air-plane of El Al, which carried a US-Israeli delegation to the UAE following a normalisation accord, upon it's arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport
    An Emirati official stands near an El Al plane, which carried a US-Israeli delegation to the UAE following a normalization accord, upon it's arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport
    (Photo: AFP)
    The agreement, which is expected to be a boon for both countries' tourism industry - will allow Israeli aircrafts to access the Emirati airspace and land in the country's airports. UAE flights will also be able to land in Israel and use the country's airspace for flights further westwards.
    According to reports, the first direct Israel-UAE passenger flights are unlikely to take off before January, as Israel is working to contain the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent surge in infections.
    The aviation agreement between Israel and the UAE follows Saudi Arabia's decision to open its skies for Israeli flights heading for the UAE. Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner announced Saudi's decision will not be limited to UAE-bound air traffic.
    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    (Photo: AFP)
    Earlier this week, the Israeli government formally endorsed a peace treaty between Israel and the UAE, with Israel set to host a high-profile Emirati delegation in the coming days.
    The agreement is now to stand before the Israeli lawmakers, its submission to the Knesset (Israel Parliament) expected on Thursday.



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