Dubai To Allow Israeli Visitors At Expo 2020, May Permit Permanent Israeli Tourism
To mark the international nature of the occasion, Dubai is expected for the first time to allow tourists holding Israeli passports to attend the 6-month event and may even make a permanent allowance for Israeli tourism, according to a report by the Ynet site in Israel.
«Israeli and the UAE’s authorities have been in talks for awhile, in order to allow those with Israeli passports to attend the Expo in Dubai,» a source within the Expo’s management team told Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot.
«These talks are happening because both sides want to see the Expo turn into the biggest exhibition in the world, the UAE invested tremendous amounts of money and thought into the event and they want Israelis to be welcomed as well.»
Another source said that the Expo in Dubai could be a great pilot run during which Israeli tourists would be allowed into the country, and if it turns out to be a success, the UAE «Might leave its doors open to Israeli tourists permanently.»
Mohamed Khater, assistant director for tourism development in Ras Al Khaimah, a UAE emirate, confirmed that Israelis will be allowed to visit the Expo.
Senior Israeli ministers have openly visited the country in recent years and last year, the UAE officially recognized its small Jewish community as part of Dubai’s population.
According to an American source affiliated with the UAE authorities of the United Arab Emirates, the country doesn’t just want the Israeli tourists, they also want the innovators and are therefore expected to make the process of entering the state much easier than previously for those possessing Israeli passports.