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The Rapid Effects of the Israel-UAE Peace Agreement
There has been a huge amount of excitement surrounding the recent announcement of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE and there are already great plans for collaborations on a wide range of projects.
For example, the Israeli company LeapLearner, a coding education company that has over a million students across 20 countries, has an office in Dubai and it has now planned to bring together around 200,000 Emirati and Israeli students to work together on developing apps. The CEO of LeapLearner UAE welcomed the news saying, “We are very excited to celebrate this historic peace agreement through collaboration among our students in both countries. We strongly believe that students in the United Arab Emirates and Israel will benefit from this partnership and enjoy learning app development together.”
Meanwhile, the Tel Aviv municipality has already started working on ways to attract tourists from the UAE. The sand artist Tzvi Halevi has created sand sculptures of six of the Emirates’ most distinctive landmarks on Geula Beach. The sculptures include the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. While commercial flights between the two countries are yet to start, there are plans to introduce them as quickly as possible.
In keeping with the times of coronavirus, an oral surgeon from Dubai has been busy promoting an Israeli made mask, the antimicrobial SonoMasks. He purchased some and then took selfies of himself wearing the mask in front of a number of Dubai landmarks. He is now seeking to become its official distributor in the UAE and it is already being used in some dental clinics in Dubai and the hotel service industry has also expressed interest in the product. To mark the new diplomatic relations, the masks manufacturer has produced a limited edition mask featuring the flags of both countries.
Even the animal kingdom has been joining in the celebrations. The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain Zoo have been exchanging Tweets introducing their lion cubs and other big cats to one another.
As mentioned, regular flights between the countries are yet to start but this hasn’t stopped Tel Aviv tourism agency Aviation Links signing an exclusive deal with the luxury hotel chain Rixos, which operates in the UAE. Vacation packages will be available to Israelis after the treaty is officially signed and the price of a five-day family holiday at Rixos’ Dubai and Abu Dhabi hotels, including flights, is expected to start at $1,389 per person.
There are even book publishers signing deals to translate texts by Israeli authors into Arabic and publish them in the UAE. For example, Elyakim Kislev’s book Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living is already nearing publication in Arabic.
These are just a few of the ways that the peace deal has already had an effect and the positive repercussions are sure to be felt for a long while to come. While you may not make it to the UEA on your gap year, there is a chance that you will notice some of the effects of the historic agreement.