Minister of Tourism Konstantin (Yoel) Razvozov and the head of the Tourism Council of the United Arab Emirates, the Minister of Business Initiative for Small and Medium Businesses, Ahmad Balul signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of tourism between the two states.
Minister of Razvozov: “This is a historic moment and an important step in relations between our states. I am glad that a temporary solution to the issue of flights has been found and that mutual planned visits to our countries can continue. There is a willingness and desire to find a solution to this problem – it will not become a stumbling block in creating our new shared reality that we all cherish.”
The press service of the Minister of Tourism explains that the agreement signed on February 8 in Dubai between the Minister of Tourism Konstantin Razvozov (“Yesh Atid”) and the Minister of Business Initiative of the Emirates, Dr. Ahmad Balul Al Falasi, is another step towards strengthening state and economic ties between Israel and OAU.
According to the agreement, the countries will promote and encourage two-way tourist flows, joint tour packages for marketing in remote markets, train and improve the skills of tourism and hospitality workers, and share knowledge and experience in the tourism sector.
From Israel’s point of view, this cooperation opens up huge prospects for replenishing the state treasury by billions of shekels, by redirecting part of the tourist flows from the AOE airports, through which about 100 million people pass a year, to Israel. Thanks to additional tourist flows, new jobs will be created, businesses will open and the income of workers in the tourism industry will increase.
During the signing ceremony, Minister of Tourism Razvozov said: “This is a historic moment and another important step in relations between our states. We call on all countries in the region to create together a new reality of prosperity, security and stability for all.
I am glad that a temporary solution to the issue of flights has been found and that mutual planned visits to our countries can continue. There is a readiness and desire to find a solution to this problem – it will not become a stumbling block in the creation of our new common reality, which we all cherish. It is in our power to create strong and meaningful relationships that will bring great economic benefits to both countries – both Israel and the Emirates.
I want to thank everyone who worked on this important treaty – the employees of the Ministry of Tourism and the Foreign Ministry, as well as, of course, the Israeli Ambassador to the UAE, Amir Hayek.”