The Israeli Embassy officially opened in Abu Dhabi on January 24, 2021. The head of the diplomatic mission, Eitan Nae, has already arrived in the capital of the United Arab Emirates and started his duties.
“The Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi was officially opened [January 24] with the arrival [in the country] of the [diplomatic] mission’s Eitan Nae,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
On the eve of the government of the United Arab Emirates, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, approved the opening of the country’s embassy in Tel Aviv.
On 15th September 2020, UAE, along with Bahrain, signed a US-brokered agreement in September to normalize relations with the Jewish state.
These agreements, known as the “Abraham Agreements,” shattered the long-standing Arab consensus that there should be no normalization of Israel’s relations until it reaches a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians.
The Palestinians condemned these agreements as a stab in the back.
The Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi will initially operate as a temporary office with the prospect of locating a permanent facility, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The mission will “expand ties with the emirate’s government, financial authorities and the private sector, universities, the media and more,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi welcomed that move, saying that the embassy “will expand bilateral relations between Israel and the Emirates to quickly and maximize the potential in these ties.”
The Foreign Ministry’s statement came shortly after the UAE said its cabinet had approved an embassy in Israel (also the first).
Earlier this month, Sudan also signed the Abraham Agreement, becoming the third Arab country to do so and the fourth to normalize diplomatic relations with the Jewish state over the months.
Morocco also normalized relations with Israel in December, after Washington regained Moroccan rule over the disputed Western Sahara region.
Israel’s first scheduled passenger flight landed at Dubai International Airport on 2nd December 2020, arriving in Tel Aviv’s Dubai. It operates 14 flights a week between Tel Aviv and Dubai on Airbus A320 liners.
Israeli airline El Al’s first scheduled passenger flight landed at Dubai International Airport on Sunday, December 13, 2020. The Israeli air carrier operates 14 flights a week on Boeing 737-900 and Boeing 787 aircraft.