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Israeli companies enthusiastic on deal with UAE, target Gulf market

Israeli companies in the fields of cyber, water management, defense and even diamonds are lining up for launching business ventures in the United Arab Emirates.
Israeli and United Arab Emirates flags line a road in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya, on August 16, 2020. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

The Aug. 13 announcement that Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed an agreement on the normalization of relations did more than just legitimize existing economic ties between the two countries. Direct relations will also allow for new business possibilities to emerge at a rapid pace. The UAE is not only an oil state, but the economic capital of the entire Persian Gulf region and one of the most advanced business centers in the world. There is good reason it has earned the nickname, “the Singapore of the Persian Gulf.”

Tally Zingher, an expert in economic development who worked for an independent foundation set up by the Dubai government, told Al-Monitor that the guiding vision of the Emirates is to become the leading nation in the region, economically, business-wise and politically, and that it can achieve this by investing heavily in new initiatives. The Emirates have adopted a more global worldview than just about anywhere else in the world. That certainly is the case among the Arab states, but it extends far beyond that.

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