UAE NEWS: Israel, UAE agrees on visa-free travel for residents Netanyahu

The first official UAE delegation arrived in Israel at Ben Gurion airport on Tuesday.

The UAE and Israel have allowed their people to travel without visas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

The first official UAE delegation arrived in Israel at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

“We are making history today. This is the first official trip from the UAE. In a day, we are signing four agreements that will transform economic, scientific, technological and aviation issues,” the Prime Minister said.

At a press conference held at Ben Gurion Airport, Netanyahu said with visa exemptions, citizens of both countries could travel across the border.

Netanyahu hosted the third international conference in conjunction with US Treasury Secretary Steven Menuhen and UAE Finance Minister Obaid Humaid Al Tayer and UAE Finance Minister Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri.

The UAE and Israel agreed to renew relations in August and an agreement was signed by the US on September 15 at the White House to open a new era in Arab-Jewish relations. The UAE is the first country of the GCC and the third Arab country to make normal relations with Israel. The cabinets of both countries have ratified the agreement.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates are also expected to sign an agreement to allow 28 commercial flights weekly between Israel’s Ben Gurion airports, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Israeli Ministry of Transport said on Sunday.

The agreement, which allows for unlimited lease flights at a small airport in southern Israel and 10 weekly cargo flights, comes after Israel and the UAE have generally agreed on relations.

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