Abu Dhabi state carrier Etihad Airways began direct commercial passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates capital to Tel Aviv in Israel -- the latest
direct air link between the two countries that established diplomatic relations last year.
UAE Ambassador to Israel Mohamed Al Khaja and Israel’s head of mission to the UAE Eitan Na’eh were on the inaugural flight.
For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.
“As our countries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have much to look forward to in commercial, diplomatic, technological, health, and tourism exchanges,” Khaja was quoted as saying by UAE state news agency WAM.
Etihad said it would initially offer two weekly flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi, which has placed Israel on its green list of countries, meaning visitors do not need to quarantine due to the coronavirus.
Other UAE and Israeli airlines have launched direct flights.
The Gulf Arab state has become a popular destinations for Israeli tourists even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt travel globally.
The UAE and Israel are among the countries with the world’s fastest COVID-19 vaccination programs.
The UAE and fellow Gulf state Bahrain normalized ties with Israel last September as part of a US-brokered agreement.
UAE, Israel discuss establishing quarantine-free travel corridor
First UAE ambassador Mohamed Al Khaja arrives in Israel, eyes Tel Aviv embassy
Israel readies itself for high UAE tourist numbers post-pandemic: Ministry official
UAE announces $10 billion investment fund for Israel across multiple sectorsThe United Arab Emirates on Thursday announced it was setting up a $10 billion investment fund across multiple sectors in Israel, with whom it ... Gulf
UAE weapons maker teams up with Israel Aerospace for anti-drone techIsrael Aerospace Industries (IAI) said on Thursday it will jointly develop an advanced drone defense system with United Arab Emirates' state-owned ... Gulf
UAE, Israel discuss establishing quarantine-free travel corridorThe UAE and Israel are discussing establishing a quarantine-free travel corridor, the Emirati Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.“The ... Middle East
UAE, Israel rugby teams to play in Dubai friendly matchThe UAE’s first national rugby team will play against its Israeli counterpart on March 19 at the Dubai Sports City stadium.For the latest headlines, ... Sports
First UAE ambassador Mohamed Al Khaja arrives in Israel, eyes Tel Aviv embassyThe first United Arab Emirates ambassador to Israel arrived there on Monday pledging to build up new bilateral relations and officials said he would ... Middle East
First UAE ambassador to Israel tweets from new official accountThe UAE’s first ambassador to Israel took to Twitter Wednesday to express his excitement at his new role.Tel Aviv and the UAE agreed to normalize ... Gulf
Israel cancels participation in UAE defense expo, citing COVID-19 curbs on travelIsrael has cancelled its planned participation in a major defense expo in the United Arab Emirates next week due to COVID-19 curbs on air travel, ... Gulf
UAE’s ADNEC signs MoU with Israel’s Expo Tel AvivThe United Arab Emirates’ Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Israel’s exhibition ... Economy
Israel readies itself for high UAE tourist numbers post-pandemic: Ministry officialIsrael is readying itself to welcome more than 100,000 visitors from the UAE when pandemic restrictions lift, and normal daily lives return, a senior ... News