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An Emirates airplane
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An Emirates airplane

Emirates airline to produce kosher meals as Israel beckons

Middle East's largest airline expected to start flying to Israel by the end of the year and offer Kosher meals for Jewish customers via dedicated production facility dubbed 'Kosher Arabia'

AFP |
Published: 09.17.20 , 21:41
The United Arab Emirates' flag carrier Emirates airline group unveiled plans on Thursday to produce kosher meals in keeping with Jewish dietary rules after the Gulf state and Israel signed a deal to normalize ties.
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  • Dubai-based Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East, is expected to start flying to the Jewish state by the end of the year, Israeli and Emirati officials have said.
    An Emirates airplane An Emirates airplane
    An Emirates airplane
    (Photo: Emirates)
    Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) was already offering kosher meals to its passengers via an outsourced supplier, but now it says it will "set up a dedicated production facility" expected to be up and running by January 2021 at its premises in the UAE.
    The new facility will be set up as a partnership with CCL Holdings dubbed "Kosher Arabia", EKFC said in a statement.
    "With recent developments, we expect that demand for kosher food in the UAE and region will grow quickly," Emirates Flight Catering CEO Saeed Mohammed said in the statement.
    "We will also explore opening restaurants across Dubai and the GCC (the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council)."
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed U.S.-brokered agreements at the White House on Tuesday to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
    L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates; and Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates; and Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain
    (L-R) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan; and Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani
    (Photo: EPA)
    The UAE is the first Gulf country to reach such an accord with the Jewish state and only the third Arab country, after Jordan and Egypt.
    On August 31, an El Al airliner carrying a joint Israeli-U.S. delegation landed in Abu Dhabi on the first direct commercial flight from Tel Aviv to the UAE capital.
    Hard hit by the coronavirus, the UAE and Israel expect rapid dividends from their normalization deal.
    Dubai, which has the most diversified economy in the region, saw its GDP contract 3.5 percent in the first quarter following two years of modest growth.
     Dubai Marina neighborhood Dubai Marina neighborhood
    Dubai Marina neighborhood
    (Photo: AP)
    Its Emirates airline was forced to downsize and cut thousands of jobs.
    Tourism has long been the economic mainstay of Dubai, which welcomed more than 16 million visitors last year. Before the pandemic crippled global travel, the aim was to reach 20 million this year.
    Currently most of the millions of Israelis who travel abroad each year head to Europe or the United States, but that could now change.
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