UAE-Israel Business Summit 2021: Towards a new era of growth, peace and stability

Dubai - The web broadcast discusses and highlights the bilateral business opportunities between the countries.

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Published: Tue 12 Jan 2021, 2:20 PM

Last updated: Wed 13 Jan 2021, 6:09 PM

Following the signing of the historic Abraham Accords, Khaleej Times and The Jerusalem Post, the two largest English-language media organisations in the UAE and Israel, respectively, are coming together to launch the UAE-Israel Business Summit, in association with UAE-Israel Business Council.

The web broadcast discusses and highlights the bilateral business opportunities between the countries.

The initiative represents a new dawn in the multifaceted economic relationship between the two countries and will bring together top government officials, business leaders, and industry experts from across different sectors, including healthcare, hospitality, defense, security, trade and technology.

Date and time: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 3pm in UAE

Conference Agenda


Opening remarks

Yaakov Katz, Editor In Chief, Jerusalem Post


Inaugural session: Conversation between two editors

Vaman Vassudev Kamat, Editor In Chief, Khaleej Times

Yaakov Katz, Editor In Chief, JeruIsalem Post


Special Address

Ronald Lauder, President, World Jewish Congress


Interview with Secretary of State, USA, Mike Pompeo

Moderator: Yaakov Katz, Editor In Chief, Jerusalem Post


Minister’s Speech

The Minister of State for Foreign Trade from UAE highlights the growing importance of both UAE and Israel on a global level.

His Excellency Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economy, UAE


Minister’s conversation

Israeli Tourism Minister Orit Farkash Hacohen

Moderator: Michal Divon, Senior Editor and Producer, Khaleej Times


Fireside Chat on Increasing Bilateral Trade

With the Peace treaty, the stage has been set for a regional stability, a novel opportunity for collaborations with previously untapped business potential, investor networking and mutual respect for two of the most future-centric countries in the world. This fireside chat will look at the opportunities in these areas along with ways in which potential can be unlocked

Samir Chaturvedi, CEO, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), UAE

David Leffler, Director General of Ministry of Economy and Industry, Israel

Moderator: Herb Keinon, Diplomatic Analyst, Israel


Preparing for the decade of economic transformation

This talk will highlight the ways and processes to use technology to enrich, enhance economic growth initiatives and programs across different industries along with highlighting the transformation that is already underway.

His Excellency Hamad Buamim, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Moderator: Yaakov Katz, Editor In Chief, Jerusalem Post


A conversation with Sylvan Adams

Sylvan Adams, Businessman, philanthropist and activist, working to strengthen the State of Israel

Moderator: Yaakov Katz, Editor In Chief, Jerusalem Post


Collaboration Opportunities: Investment and Tech Partnerships

A session for the meet-up of most influential line-up of industry elites, government officials, tech visionaries from both the countries to discuss the investments and technology opportunities from various sectors for future growth.

Dr. Ibtesam AlBastaki, Director Public-Private Partnership Department, Dubai Health Authority, UAE

Khalid Al Marzooqi, Director, Commercial, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), UAE

Nir Hollander, Country Manager, Israel, Cyprus & Greece, Nutanix

Moderator: Michal Divon, Senior Editor and Producer, Khaleej Times


A conversation with Dr. Raphael Nagel, Founder and Chairman of the Abrahamic Business Circle

Moderator: Yaakov Katz, Editor In Chief, Jerusalem Post


Panel - HealthTech and HealthCare - Achieving the unimaginable

The panel discussion aims to provide lessons for policy makers, industry players and stakeholders to emulate, replicate and adopt best practices to excel and grow healthcare and healthtech beyond expectations.

Sherif Beshara, Group Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed & Obaid Almulla Group of Companies

Dr. Mohammed AlRedha, Director of Projects Management Office, Dubai Health Authority, UAE

Moderator: Abdul Karim Hanif, Multimedia Journalist, Khaleej Times


Tourism Panel Discussion - Seizing the moment as opportunity knocks

As UAE and Israel align their ambitions to foster innovation and move forward to forging new partnerships through tourism, tourism will develop. A start of direct flights between the countries and high-level visits in recent months will further facilitate trade and commerce between the two business communities. This session aims to analyze and discuss the future of bilateral tourism through lens which extend beyond the tourism sector to mega trends and the predictions for the future of the industry.

Adel Ahmad Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer, Emirates Airline, UAE

Avishesha Bhojani, Group Chief Executive Officer, BPG Group, UAE

Fleur Hassan Nahoum, Deputy Mayor Jerusalem, Israel

Moderator: Steve Linde, Israel


Morocco as a strategic platform to investing in Africa

David Toledano, President, Moroccan Association of Building Material

Moderator: Mohamed Zainabi, Editor-in-chief, L'OBSERVATEUR DU MAROC AND LOBSERVATEUR


Early detection of chronic disease through AI

Ohad Arazi, Chief Executive Officer, Zebra Medical Vision Ltd

Maayan Hoffman, News Editor, Jerusalem Post


Conversation with Israel's Minister of Energy Dr. Yuval Steinitz

Moderator: Steve Linde, Israel


How Israel and the UAE can preserve water for the Middle East conversation

UAE and Israel are witnessing an economic and environmental transition and the need for agility is on the rise. The paradigm shift can be achieved with the changeover in technological innovation and concentrating efforts towards sustainable innovation in saving water for the region

Eli Cohen, Mekorot National Water Company, Mekorot, Israel

Moderator: Yaakov Katz, Editor In Chief, Jerusalem Post


Aryeh Lightstone, U.S. Special Envoy for Economic Normalization Interview

Moderator: Lahav Harkov, Diplomatic Correspondent


Closing remarks

Poonam Chawla, Head of KT Engage and Events & Conferences, Khaleej Times

Yaakov Katz, Editor in Chief, Jerusalem Post

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