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Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed arrives in Tel Aviv on Abraham Accords’ second anniversary

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed arrives in Tel Aviv on Abraham Accords’ second anniversary

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, arrived in Tel Aviv on a state visit on Wednesday.

Sheikh Abdullah landed in the Israeli city with a high-level UAE delegation, for a visit that which will span several days. The trip also coincides with the second anniversary of the historic Abraham Accords.

During his visit, the UAE’s foreign minister will meet Israeli officials to discuss issues of mutual concern and matters related to UAE-Israel relations, as well as prospects for their cooperation, official news agency WAM reported.

The trip comes six months after Sheikh Abdullah travelled to Israel in March, marking his first official visit to the state.

Read: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets Israeli foreign minister on first official visit

Leaders of the two nations have also met several times since the signing of the Abraham Accords.

In December last year, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived in the UAE as part of an official visit, where he met UAE President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Read: Israeli PM Naftali Bennett arrives in the UAE on historic visit

In January this year, Israel’s President Isaac Herzog visited the UAE too, marking the the first-ever state visit by an Israeli president to the country.

Read: Israeli President Isaac Herzog to visit UAE

In March this year, Sheikh Mohamed attended a tripartite meeting in Egypt with Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of Egypt, and the Israeli Prime Minister.

Read more: UAE’s Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed meets Israeli Prime Minister, Egyptian President

Sheikh Mohamed received Naftali Bennett at Al Shati Palace in June this year, where the Israeli PM offered his condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Read: UAE President Sheikh Mohamed meets Israeli Prime Minister

Abraham Accords

On September 15, 2020, the UAE and Bahrain signed a landmark peace agreement with Israel at the White House to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel.

Read: UAE, Bahrain sign historic peace accord with Israel in the US

The peace accord – touted as a bellwether of regional politics – aimed to normalise relations between nations and establish peace within the Middle East.

Following the accord, a number of agreements and initiatives were undertaken to bolster trade and collaboration between the two countries.

In 2020, Etihad Airways and Israeli national airline El Al Israel Airlines signed an MoU to explore areas of cooperation.

Read: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and El Al Israel sign MoU to cooperate on codeshare and loyalty programme

In 2021, the UAE announced the establishment of a $10bn fund aimed at strategic sectors in Israel.

Read more: UAE announces $10bn investment fund with Israel

Israel and the UAE also signed a double taxation treaty in May 2021.

Read: Israel and UAE sign tax treaty in latest normalisation step

In June of last year, UAE-based Motivate Media Group – Gulf Business‘ parent organisation – signed a partnership with Israel-based broadcaster i24 News to collaborate on producing and distributing content.

Read: UAE’s Motivate Media Group partners with Israel-based broadcaster i24 News

Both countries signed a MoU in educational affairs covering general, higher, technical and vocational education in November 2021.

Read: UAE, Israel sign MoU to cooperate in education sector

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They also signed an MoU to facilitate the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities of each other’s countries.

Read more: UAE, Israel sign MoU on mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates

In February this year, DMCC announced the opening of the Israel Diamond Exchange representative office.

Read: Israel Diamond Exchange office to open in Dubai

Early this year, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel to cooperate in the field of agriculture.

Read: UAE, Israel sign MoU to cooperate in agriculture

The UAE and Israel agreed on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the two nations in April of 2022.

Read: The UAE reaches trade agreement with Israel

In June this year, Emirates took off to Tel Aviv, marking the airline’s first passenger flight to Israel.

Read more: Dubai’s Emirates takes off to Tel Aviv, marks airline’s first passenger flight to Israel

In June, global fintech-as-a-service company Rapyd also announced the opening of its new Dubai office.

Read: Fintech Rapyd becomes first DIFC-registered Israeli company

Read: UAE seeks $1 trillion in business with Israel over next decade

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