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Israel's Minister of Economy and Industry Orna Barbivai and UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri present the free trade agreement they signed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on May 31.

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There was a time in the United Arab Emirates when the depiction of the Star of David on a t-shirt sold in local markets could prompt investigations by officials charged with policing the country’s boycott of Israel.

But much has changed since then. Nearly two years ago, the UAE formally ended its near-half-century boycott, and on Tuesday, it became the first Arab country to sign a free trade agreement with the Jewish state. The pact was described by UAE trade minister Thani Al Zeyoudi as “a new chapter in the history of the Middle East.”

If trade is a barometer of how serious the UAE is about its nascent partnership with Israel, then the numbers speak for themselves. The agreement would lift trade between the two nations to more than $10 billion within five years, from what Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics says was about $1.2 billion last year.

The Gulf nation had also allocated $10 billion for investments in Israel last year, singling it out as one of its main future economic partners along with seven other nations as the focus of its foreign policy shifts to business.

Experts say that the prize for Israel is much bigger than the population of roughly 10 million the Gulf nation offers, because the deal could open up access to the broader Middle East that it hasn’t been able to tap yet.

Here’s what you need to know about the pact and UAE-Israeli trade:

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What does the pact entail?

Tariffs will be removed or reduced on 96% of goods traded between the nations, including food, medicine, diamonds, jewelry, fertilizers and other chemicals.

A majority of duties would be waived immediately, and others would be removed up to five years from now. Those projects that will be subject to tariffs will be charged a lower rate.

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Dorian Barak, co-president of the UAE-Israel Business Council, expects to see about 1,000 Israeli-owned companies operating from or through the UAE by the end of the year, including subsidiaries of Israeli companies, representative offices, sales operations, distributorships, and new ventures.

What does each side gain from trade?

Research provided by Paul Rivlin, an economist at Tel Aviv University, shows that the value of Israeli imports from the UAE was more than double its exports last year, but other experts say that Israel has a lot more to gain from trade with the UAE in the future.

The UAE’s exports to Israel are expected to grow 0.5% by 2030, according to state-run Emirates News Agency, WAM, and the FTA would add $1.9 billion to the nation’s economy within five years.

The UAE wants high-net-worth individuals, tourists, entrepreneurs, startups, and cutting-edge technologies, says Robert Mogielnicki, a senior scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, but “Israel will probably reap greater direct economic rewards. Israelis just have much more to gain than Emiratis do.”

The UAE would see an influx of Israeli companies looking to set up regional headquarters from which to target business in the greater Middle East, South Asia and the Far East, says Barak.

Given Dubai’s status as a regional export hub, does trade with the UAE open Israeli products up to a wider market?

Israelis are looking at Dubai as a hub from which to engage with the broader Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and the Far East, says Barak. “This would be transformational for Israeli business in the region.”

The UAE, he says, is set to become the main regional export and re-export market for Israeli goods. “I expect you’ll see Israeli products appearing on store shelves and in factories” through the region now.

Mogielnicki, however, says that Israel is a controversial player in the region, so trade with the UAE would give it a foot in the door to an untapped regional market but not “a VIP pass.”

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Business between Israeli firms and state and private firms in the Gulf already exists, says Karen Young, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Middle East Institute. The trade agreement would “help newcomers feel more comfortable and encourage more direct trade and investment.”

Will we see Israeli products on Saudi shelves then?

Saudi Arabia is the biggest Arab economy and access to its market is coveted. The kingdom recognizes that leverage, experts say, and it demonstrated that last July, when it excluded Israeli products exported from the UAE from preferential tariff concessions under agreements with fellow Gulf countries.

“Saudi Arabia isn’t just going to give away its market to Israelis via Dubai,” Mogielnicki said. “The Saudis are going to want to secure something big in return for access to the Gulf’s biggest market.”

Gulf nations, with whom the UAE has free trade agreements, account for a large proportion of Dubai’s exports and re-exports.

What does this mean for the Arab boycott of Israel?

“The Arab boycott has weakened over many years and the Israel-UAE FTA is a major nail in its coffin,” says Rivlin.

Trade with the UAE may not spell the end of the Arab boycott of Israel, says Barak, but make it “irrelevant from a business perspective.”

The digest

Turkey says Saudi Crown Prince to visit

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Ankara and Riyadh were in agreement for a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Turkey, but no date had been set yet.

  • Background: Ties between the regional rivals were strained after a Saudi hit squad killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Cavusoglu said Prince Mohamed’s visit was initially scheduled for this month, adding that efforts to normalize strained ties with Riyadh were moving fast.
  • Why it matters: A potential visit by the Saudi crown prince would follow a trip by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Saudi Arabia in April, marking an end to tensions between the two as Turkey looks for ways to shore up its economy amid an economic crisis.

Russia’s Wagner Group linked to landmines, booby traps in Libya, Human Rights Watch says

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The Russian Wagner Group was linked to the use of banned landmines and booby traps in Libya between 2019 and 2020, said Human Rights Watch on Tuesday.

  • Background: A private military security contractor, Wagner Group has been previously linked to fighting in Libya, allegedly backing eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army during their attacks on the Libyan capital between 2019 and 2020, according to Human Rights Watch and UN expert reports. Findings showed that deadly landmines prevented citizens from returning home after the war. Human Rights Watch asked for a “credible and transparent international inquiry” that brings justice to those “unlawfully killed and maimed by these weapons.”
  • Why it matters: The US has designated the group a Russian military “proxy force” that has operated in the Middle East and Africa for years. In March, British intelligence said that Wagner was deployed in eastern Ukraine, a month into Russia’s invasion. The Kremlin denies any connection to the group.

Russian foreign minister meets Gulf counterparts ahead of OPEC+ meet

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met foreign ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council states in Riyadh on Wednesday ahead of a meeting of oil exporting states to decide on production.

  • Background: Lavrov had earlier met his Saudi counterpart and both men praised the level of cooperation inside OPEC+, the Russian foreign ministry said. The alliance will decide on Thursday whether to continue with its modest oil output hike.
  • Why it matters: Lavrov’s meetings came shortly after the European Union agreed on significant cuts to imports of Russian crude as part of its latest sanctions linked to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Western states have called on oil producers to raise output in order to curb global inflation and help stifle Russia’s war effort.

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A book about gender roles in Libya has won a prestigious prize for Arabic fiction, but it has also led to some backlash against the author.

Mohammed Alnaas, 31, late last month became the first Libyan and youngest author to win the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) for his debut novel “Bread on Uncle Milad’s Table”.

The book explores gender roles and challenges traditional ideas of masculinity. Set in a remote village in Libya, the story revolves around the main character, Milad. After getting engaged, Milad’s family life becomes the talk of the town when he pursues his passion for bread-making while his fiancé Zeinab works to support the house.

Hearing of the gossip, Milad goes on to publicly question society’s entrenched ideas around gender.

“The Libyan man is a victim of the traditional laws just like the Libyan woman, and although the women’s struggle against the social and traditional laws is clear, the men’s is not,” Alnaas told CNN. “[Men] are in a trap of their own because they always have to prove to the people that they are men, tough men, strong men. They get enslaved to that picture of the ideal man and become machines in the social order.”

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The win was celebrated by Libyans across social media, but the book has also generated controversy. Alnaas laments the “campaign” about the ethics of the book that was launched on social media, noting that some of those who had congratulated him deleted their posts.

Under former Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi, state censorship put a stranglehold on literature. Books that didn’t toe the official line – as outlined in Ghadhafi’s infamous “Green Book” – were banned.

The uprising of 2011 opened the door for the consumption of once-banned books, but Ghadhafi-era laws have still been used to clamp down on freedom of expression.

Describing his view on the current landscape for Libyan literature, Alnaas told CNN “it’s struggling, however, it’s fighting back.”

The IPAF, sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, is considered to be the most prestigious literary prize in the Arab world. Alnaas’ book will be translated into English.

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Time capsule

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Adolf Eichmann stands in his bullet-proof glass cage to hear Israel's Supreme Court unanimously reject an appeal against his death sentence in Jerusalem on May 29, 1962.

Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution,” was executed 60 years ago this week in Israel.

Born in Germany in 1906, he joined the Nazi’s elite SS organization in 1932 and quickly rose through the ranks. Ten years later, he carried out a plan to exterminate all European Jews in an operation called the “final solution to the Jewish question.”

Eichmann was responsible for the identification, assembly, and transportation of millions of Jews in World War II. After Germany’s defeat, he was captured by US forces but escaped in 1946 before standing trial. He hid in Argentina until 1960, when was captured by Israeli agents in Buenos Aires in what became known as “Operation Finale.”

Eichmann was smuggled out by the Israelis to stand trial in Jerusalem. In December 1961, Eichmann was found guilty on all charges, and on June 1 of 1962, he was hanged in Tel Aviv.

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FAQs

Does the UAE boycott Israel? ›

Nearly two years ago, the UAE formally ended its near-half-century boycott, and on Tuesday, it became the first Arab country to sign a free trade agreement with the Jewish state. The pact was described by UAE trade minister Thani Al Zeyoudi as “a new chapter in the history of the Middle East.”

What is the deal between UAE and Israel? ›

The UAE thus became the third Arab country, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, to agree to formally normalize its relationship with Israel, as well as the first Persian Gulf country to do so. Concurrently, Israel agreed to suspend plans for annexing parts of the West Bank.

How is the UAE economy linked to the global economy? ›

The United Arab Emirates has a structurally positive trade balance, but the surplus is closely linked to global oil prices. The UAE external balance on goods and services represented 26% of GDP in 2019 (World Bank).
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Main Partner Countries.
Main Suppliers (% of Imports)2021
Japan3.1%
Türkiye2.8%
Germany2.4%
Italy2.3%
16 more rows

Does UAE support Palestine? ›

Both countries form part of the Middle East region and share strong cultural ties. Like other Muslim countries, the UAE supports the independence of Palestine. Many Palestinians travel, work, and reside in the UAE.

Is UAE a boycott country? ›

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been removed from the "List of Countries Requiring Cooperation with an International Boycott."

Is United Arab Emirates a boycott country? ›

Treasury has removed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from its quarterly “List of Countries Requiring Cooperation With an International Boycott.” The removal of UAE was published on April 8, 2021 (Notice 2021-07244), and is the first change to the list in years.

Can UAE companies do business with Israel? ›

Israel has signed a free trade agreement with the United Arab Emirates, its first big trade accord with an Arab state and a move aimed at boosting trade between the two Middle Eastern nations.

How much did UAE donate to Palestine? ›

Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, the country signed a US$ 25 million cooperation agreement in support of Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem.

What does UAE export to Israel? ›

The main products that United Arab Emirates exported to Israel were Diamonds ($39.5M), Broadcasting Equipment ($26.2M), and Other Oily Seeds ($11.5M). During the last 25 years the exports of United Arab Emirates to Israel have increased at an annualized rate of 33.9%, from $81.1k in 1995 to $120M in 2020.

What is the main cause of economic growth in UAE? ›

The UAE economy is heavily reliant on revenues from petroleum and natural gas, especially in Abu Dhabi.

What are the main factors of increasing the economy of UAE? ›

The UAE's real GDP continues to witness steady growth. According to the World Bank, the UAE economy is estimated to accelerate with the increase in oil prices and production, and the strong non-oil sector performance serving as major contributors to its economic progress.

How did UAE become successful? ›

Since its formation, the UAE has witnessed tremendous development. With the discovery of oil and natural gas, both on land and in its waters, the country moved away from its earlier dependence on pearl diving, fishing and agriculture, and into an economy dominated by natural resources.

What is the main cause of conflict between Israel and Palestine? ›

The history of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict began with the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. This conflict came from the intercommunal violence in Mandatory Palestine between Arabs and Jews from 1920, and erupted into full-scale hostilities in the 1947–48 civil war.

What countries are boycotting Israel? ›

Countries with restrictions in place
CountryCitizens of Israel
Iraq except for Kurdistan RegionAdmission refused
KuwaitAdmission refused
LebanonAdmission refused
LibyaAdmission refused
11 more rows

Can I go to Dubai with an Israeli passport? ›

As of 10/10/2021, all Israeli passport holders have visa exemptions for entry into the United Arab Emirates. Please note that holders of diplomatic and official passports issued by the State of Israel have visa exemptions for entry into the United Arab Emirates.

Are UAE and Israel allies? ›

Under the deal, Israel and the UAE will establish full diplomatic relations, with the UAE becoming the third Arab state, besides Egypt and Jordan, to fully recognize Israel. As part of the deal, Israel agreed to suspend plans for the annexation of the Jordan Valley.

What is the biggest problem in the UAE? ›

The global COVID-19 pandemic and global economic downturn impacted the UAE, as it did every other country. The pandemic triggered an unprecedented financial crisis as oil prices fell, significantly reducing the UAE's oil revenues.

What is a boycott? ›

boycott \BOY-kaht\ verb. : to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (a person, a store, an organization, etc.) usually to express disapproval or to force acceptance of certain conditions.

What is the problem with UAE? ›

Invasive species, carbon footprints, limited water resources, overfishing, waste generation, air pollution and land degradation and desertification are posing an environmental threat to the UAE.

What is an international boycott? ›

U.S. companies and their oversea affiliates are prohibited from certain interactions with countries that are listed as boycotted. In some cases, the United States Government may sanction a request.

How many Israeli companies are there in UAE? ›

There are currently about 145 Israeli companies in the blue tech space. . They discussed trilateral Israel-UAE-Jordan cooperation on energy and water and the advancement of bilateral ties.

Is Israel Good for business? ›

Israel has one of the highest concentrations of startups in the world, estimated at about 5,000. And not just any startups: highly successful enterprises that are attracting the M&A attention of the world's largest companies.

Is it good to do business in Israel? ›

Israel ranked 35th out of 190 economies in The World Bank's 2020 Ease of Doing Business Survey, performing especially well in the categories of paying taxes (13th), protecting minority investors (16th) and starting a business (28th).

Which country donated the most to Palestine? ›

Between 2014 and 2019, Qatar has provided over $1 billion in reconstruction funds and stipends for poor Palestinians.

How did the UAE get their wealth? ›

The UAE is the third-richest country in the world, below Luxembourg at number two and Qatar at number one, with a GDP per capita of $57,744. The bulk of its money comes from the production of goods and provision of services related to petroleum, petrochemicals, aluminium and cement.

How did Dubai became the richest country? ›

Free trade, a low tax rate, and zero income tax have made Dubai a popular business hub and a wealthy state. Dubai is also the gateway to the East and boasts of the world's highest international passenger flow. It is a world-renowned destination for all travelers, including the rich and famous.

Which country does Israel export the most to? ›

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Israel Exports By CountryValueYear
United States$16.32B2021
China$4.40B2021
India$2.74B2021
Netherlands$2.23B2021
160 more rows

What is the main export of Israel? ›

Exports The top exports of Israel are Diamonds ($5.77B), Integrated Circuits ($3.38B), Packaged Medicaments ($1.97B), Medical Instruments ($1.86B), and Other Measuring Instruments ($1.6B), exporting mostly to United States ($14.1B), China ($4.64B), Palestine ($3.34B), Netherlands ($2.28B), and Germany ($2.01B).

Which Arab countries have signed a peace treaty with Israel? ›

Israel's establishment of diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain marked the first instance of Arab–Israeli normalization since 1994, when the Israel–Jordan peace treaty came into effect.

Why is the UAE economy so good? ›

Tourism has played a large part in the success of the UAE's economic diversification. The UAE's world-class airlines, including Etihad and Emirates, as well as constant upgrading of aviation infrastructure, have played a major role in the advance of the tourism industry and are key contributors to the economy.

How can you explain the United Arab Emirates successful economic development? ›

Strategic location, strong financial reserves, large sovereign wealth fund, promising investor home economies, consistent government spending, progressive policy of economic diversification, free zones and increased foreign direct investment contribute to the UAE's robust economy.

What type of economy does UAE have? ›

United Arab Emirates has an open market economy in which the prices of goods and services are determined by a free price system. United Arab Emirates is a member of the League of Arab States (Arab League) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

What are the challenges of economic growth in the UAE? ›

Challenges include: Payment delays and issues. Scams and frauds frequently target foreign companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises. Non-transparent tendering processes .

What are the factors support attracting the investments to the UAE? ›

Investment incentives

100 per cent foreign ownership in 122 economic activities across 13 sectors. 100 per cent profit repatriation. An effective visa system allowing for renewable 10-year residence visa. Competitive financing costs, high levels of liquidity and strong banking system.

What does the UAE want the future economy to be based on? ›

The UAE is scheduled to invest AED 600 billion until 2050 in order to meet growing energy demands and fulfil sustainable growth of the economy. According to the strategy, the energy mix is set to be as follows: 44% from clean energy, 38% from gas, 12% from clean coal and 6% from nuclear energy.

Who is the richest person in Dubai? ›

Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

What makes UAE better than other countries? ›

UAE is best known for its diversity and dynamicity, highly-developed infrastructure, the vibrancy of cultures and religions, high-quality medical facilities, and rich lifestyle. It is an economic hub of the Middle East, also known as a business-friendly country in this region.

What are the three main causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict? ›

To summarise, having analysed Zionism, Arab nationalism and British foreign policy as three key causes of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, as well as three major consequences of the war, this essay can conclude that the 1948 Arab-Israeli war was a highly complex conflict with its origins going as far back as biblical times.

Who started the Israel and Palestine war? ›

The Arab-Israeli War of 1948 broke out when five Arab nations invaded territory in the former Palestinian mandate immediately following the announcement of the independence of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.

Who is Israel in the Bible? ›

Jacob was a great prophet who lived hundreds of years before the time of Christ. Because Jacob was faithful, the Lord gave him the special name of Israel, which means “one who prevails with God” or “let God prevail” (Bible Dictionary, “Israel,” 708).

Is the UAE a boycotting country? ›

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been removed from the "List of Countries Requiring Cooperation with an International Boycott."

Which country does not support Israel? ›

28 UN member states do not recognize Israel: 15 members of the Arab League (Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen); ten non-Arab members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, ...

What countries are boycotted? ›

*Section 999(a)(3) directs the Treasury Secretary to maintain and publish, at least on a quarterly basis, a list of countries that require (or may require) participation with an international boycott.
...
The countries on the current list are:
  • Iraq.
  • Kuwait.
  • Lebanon.
  • Libya.
  • Qatar.
  • Saudi Arabia.
  • Syria.
  • Yemen.
30 Dec 2021

Which passports Cannot enter Israel? ›

None! Israel allows tourists from every single nation, even those that do not recognize Israel. Every nationality is allowed to enter Israel, but some need a visa approved in advance. Check out our article on visas to Israel to see which type of visa you'll need for your journey.

Can I drive in Israel with UAE license? ›

The UAE and Israel have formally signed an agreement that allows driving licence holders in each country to obtain the other country's driving licence.

How many countries can you visit with Israeli passport without visa? ›

It provides visa-free access to 162 countries. With a high mobility score it is one of the best ranking passports in the world. Israeli passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as United Kingdom, Russia, Japan and the entire European Union.

Which countries are boycotting Israel? ›

Countries with restrictions in place
CountryCitizens of Israel
DjiboutiAdmission occasionally refused
IranAdmission refused
Iraq except for Kurdistan RegionAdmission refused
KuwaitAdmission refused
11 more rows

Are Israel and Dubai allies? ›

The two countries, once nominal enemies, turned official allies some 16 months ago, when the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain, as well as Israel's then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signed a peace agreement that normalized diplomatic ties between their countries.

Does UAE fly to Israel? ›

The United Arab Emirates' largest airline will launch daily services to Israel in the summer, Israel Hayom learned Wednesday. The announcement comes nearly two years since the Abraham Accords established official ties between the two countries. Emirates will begin flights to Tel Aviv on June 23, 2022.

How many countries ban Israeli citizens? ›

Israeli citizens are prohibited from entering the following countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, The United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Does Coca Cola still support Israel? ›

Does The Coca- Cola Company transfer profits or funds to Israel? No. We don't favour one country over another in any part of the world, including the Middle East. We don't transfer funds to support armed forces in Israel or any other country in the world.

Who recognized Israel first? ›

U.S. President Harry Truman was the first world leader to officially recognize Israel as a legitimate Jewish state on May 14, 1948, only eleven minutes after its creation.

Why Pakistani passport is not valid in Israel? ›

Currently, as Pakistan refuses to recognize Israel until a viable solution is reached with Palestine, all Pakistani citizens are unable to travel to Israel, with Pakistani passports bearing an inscription outlining the invalidity of the passport for this purpose.

What was Palestine originally called? ›

Scholars believe the name “Palestine” originally comes from the word “Philistia,” which refers to the Philistines who occupied part of the region in the 12th century B.C.

Which country is friend of Israel? ›

Israel's close friendship with the United States has been a linchpin of its foreign policy since the establishment of the state. Until the Iranian Revolution and the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty in 1979, Israel and Iran maintained close ties.

Can you go to Israel after Dubai? ›

If this is a possibility during your travels, we recommend getting the paper pass mentioned below in more detail. However, entering on the Israeli side will cause absolutely no problem. You can visit Israel with any Arab stamp, you just may be subject to a more thorough screening process when crossing over the border.

How much is Israel visa in UAE? ›

Visa Fees
CategoryVisa Fees(AED)Service Fees(AED)
B2 - Business105184
B2 - Tourist105184
A2 - Student210184
B1 - Employment105184

Do Emiratis need visa for Israel? ›

Effective August 1, 2022, residents of the UAE will be able to apply for their Israel visas at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi,” VFS Global said in a statement to Khaleej Times.

Does Israel need visa to UAE? ›

As of 10/10/2021, all Israeli passport holders have visa exemptions for entry into the United Arab Emirates. Please note that holders of diplomatic and official passports issued by the State of Israel have visa exemptions for entry into the United Arab Emirates.

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