April 11, 2021

Thousands of Israeli tourists flock to Dubai for Hanukkah. ‘Emirati people are very hospitable to us,’ says rabbi.

In August, Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a historic deal that normalized ties between the two nations.

For the first time, there are direct flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv.

Airlines have struggled to keep up with the demand for flights between the two cities.

Businesses are being set up at a rapid pace in Dubai to cater to the new Israeli audience.

Despite security concerns, Israeli tourists report that they feel safe and welcomed in the Emirati city.

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It’s long been known for its towering skyscrapers, high-end hotels, and mammoth shopping malls.

But now, just months after the signing of a ground-breaking peace deal, Dubai is set to add synagogues, kosher restaurants, and a Jewish school into the mix.

Ever since the Abraham Accords were announced in August – a historic deal that normalized ties between the United Arab Emirates and Israel – Israeli tourists have flocked to the desert nation in unprecedented numbers.

The introduction of easily attainable tourist visas, the existence of a Coronavirus travel corridor, and a boom in kosher provisions have all made Dubai the must-visit hotspot for Israeli tourists.

So much so that airlines have struggled to keep up with demand.

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