UAE and Israel agree to visa-free entry, a first for the Arab world
UAE and Israel agree to visa-free entry, a first for the Arab world

UAE and Israel agree to visa-free entry, a first for the Arab world

The UAE and Israel have agreed to visa-free travel between their countries, making the UAE the first Arab country not to need an Israeli entry visa.

The deal was struck after the first ever official UAE delegation landed in the UAE. And follows the normalization agreement signed between the countries on September 15.

“We are exempting our nationals from visas,” Netanyahu said.

Alongside the visa agreement, the UAE and Israel agreed on the flight schedule between the two countries. There will be up to 28 weekly flights between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with flights set to begin before the end of the year.

Israeli footballer signs for Dubai club in AED10 million deal

Dubai club Al-Nasr has signed Israeli footballer Diaa Sabia in a deal worth around AED10 million.

The 27-year old was signed from China’s Guangzhou R&F on a two-year deal. And the team proudly welcomed him to their ‘Blue Castle’ for the upcoming season.

It’s the first time a Dubai team – or in fact, any team from the Gulf – has signed an Israeli footballer. And it comes less than two weeks after the UAE and Israel confirmed their normalisation deal.

Sabia was born in northern Israel but is of Palestinian descent. He moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2012 and Maccabi Netanya in 2014 before making the move to China.

An attacking midfielder, he’s scored 50 goals in 111 games including 24 in the 2018 season. He also has 10 caps for the Israeli national team.

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