Following on from the normalisation of relations between Israel and the UAE with the signing of the Abraham Accords, a number of high-profile Israeli delegations have already visited the city, while the city’s business events sector is also primed for increased interest from both organisers and attendees from the country.
November saw Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry host a high-level business delegation, comprising leaders and representatives from the Federation of Israeli Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI), and the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI), to familiarise them with Dubai’s economy, business environment and competitive advantage.
During their visit, the delegation met with officials from Dubai Exports, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai South, Expo 2020 Dubai, Jebel Ali Free Zone, DP World, Dubai Future Foundation, and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, while also visiting the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
The delegation also visited Dubai World Trade Centre, which recently signed an agreement with IEICI, creating a framework for cooperation and participation in international conferences and large-scale exhibitions, organising and exchanging business delegations between the countries, and support in realising the significant business partnership opportunities between both countries.
His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai World Trade Centre Authority and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing said: “In the face of a rapidly evolving global setting, we are confident that this collaboration will create unparalleled immediate market access opportunities for UAE and Israeli businesses that are looking to expand their reach in both countries, with wider economic impact across the region.”
As Dubai continues to host business events safely – having resumed them in mid-September, supported by a robust framework for planners, venues and other stakeholders – the city expects to welcome planners and delegates from around the world in 2021.