DEEPENING RELATIONS UNDER THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS: EMIRATES TO LAUNCH DAILY FLIGHTS TO CONNECT DUBAI TO TEL AVIV

DEEPENING RELATIONS UNDER THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS: EMIRATES TO LAUNCH DAILY FLIGHTS TO CONNECT DUBAI TO TEL AVIV

In September 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) formalised the normalisation of its diplomatic relations with Israel by signing the "Abraham Accords", alongside Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. Since then, the two countries have continued to deepen their relations through various cooperation endeavours, notably in space research. 

A few weeks after the official opening of reciprocal embassies, the trend is firmly establishing itself in other areas. Last week, the airline Emirates confirmed the launch of daily flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv from December. The Dubai-based carrier is following in the footsteps of its low-cost competitor "Flydubai", which launched direct flights between the two cities just a few months after the Accords were signed. 

According to its statement, Emirates will offer its customers first, business and economy class seats on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft used for the flights. The carrier will also adapt its inflight food offer by serving kosher dishes. 

The new air route will also allow travellers from Israel to gain easier access to tourist destinations located in South-East Asia or Africa by using Dubai as an international connection hub. Similarly, the daily flights will facilitate access to Israel for the large Jewish communities living abroad. Through a commercial arrangement with Flydubai, the passengers of Emirates will benefit from direct connections to as many as 210 destinations in 100 countries. 

Emirates will also charter aircrafts for air cargo dedicated to the transportation of pharmaceuticals, technology equipment and perishables. The chartered aircrafts are also expected to carry e-commerce parcels as well as manufacturing raw materials, including semiconductors. 

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