Today Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced they would normalize relations. The news creates a huge potential opportunity for Emirates.
Israel and UAE Will Normalize Relations
Announced by President Donald Trump this morning, Israel and the United Arab Emirate will shortly sign a number of bilateral pacts including issues of:
As part of the deal, direct flights between the two nations will commence. Each will will also set up embassies in each other’s nation.
In exchange for the recognition, Israel will abandon plans to annex more of the disputed West Bank territory.
Israel, via a tweet from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has already confirmed the news. There has been no official confirmation from the UAE yet.
A Golden Opportunity For Emirates
With EL AL facing a fight for its survival and currently grounded over escalating labor disputes, the timing could not be more perfect for Emirates to expand its route map.
If this peace deal is ratified, the Dubai-based airline will soon offer passengers in Israel one-stop service to most of the world. This would be a groundbreaking upgrade to aviation in Israel and operate without the Sabbath restrictions that bar EL AL from operating from sundown on Friday through sundown on Saturday.
I fully expect EL AL to survive and remain a local favorite. But imagine 4-5 flights a day between Dubai and Tel Aviv. It will transform the aviation landscape.
Israel and the UAE are posed to forge a historic peace settlement. The result will be direct flights between the two nations. For Emirates (and potentially flyDubai and Etihad) this represents an important new frontier and a golden opportunity.
Are you excited that Emirates may soon serve Israel?