Attractive. Vaccinated. Accessible. Visit Israel

Orit Farkash-Hacohen
Filed on March 11, 2021
Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Minister of Tourism and Minister of Strategic Affairs, Israel

The country is home to some of the famous landmarks in the world

The Abraham Accords signed between the UAE and Israel are truly historic. In a very short time, talks of normalisation became a reality, and working relations between our countries exist in all realms of life. While governments sign treaties - people are the ones who build lasting peace. This is done through the personal, face-to-face meetings tourism provides.

Over the past few months, the Ministry of Tourism and the entire Israeli tourism industry has prepared to welcome you - people of the Emirates - as our guests. More importantly, however, is that every Israeli citizen is excited and looking forward to the day Emirati tourists in the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are the norm, and feel they are home away from home, whether here on business trips, religious pilgrimage or simple sightseeing.

As the StartUp Nation, I am certain we will see many Emirati visitors traveling to Israel for business, meeting with agrotech, fintech, energy technologies and other entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv and Herzliya. In addition to business, however, there are many other reasons to visit Israel.

Israel may be small in size, but it is rich with diverse and beautiful landscapes. The snow-capped Hermon mountain highlights the green views of the Galil and Golan in the north. In the south you can experience an almost barren, desert terrain, highlighted by the Dead Sea - the lowest point in the world - and its unique phenomena.

In addition to the nature reserves, parks and hiking trails, Israel offers endless historical and cultural sites. The fortifications of Akko witnessed the invasions of the Crusaders, Mamluks and Napoleon, and the archeological sites at Caesarea, Bet She'an and Tiberias are testimonies to cultures and stories thousands of years old. Moreover, for billions of people these places are more than just sites to visit; they are part of the Holy Land. Sacred to multiple religions, Israel welcomes Jewish, Christian and Muslim visitors to the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Al Aqsa Mosque. For religious pilgrims, coming to Israel is an experience beyond belief.

Also, Israel is easily accessible. With Israeli and Emirati airlines operating up to 112 weekly flights between our countries, getting from Dubai or Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv will be simple. The flight is short, and even the language barrier can be overcome: Some 20 per cent of Israelis speak Arabic as their first language, and English is a common language on both sides.

As the world starts to exit the Covid-19 crisis, Israel leads the world in vaccinations. With some 80 per cent of the adult population already vaccinated against the virus, Israel has reopened tourism resorts and restaurants, commerce and attractions to vaccinated people and offers a Covid-free and healthy tourist experience.

Once the skies open, we look forward to welcoming you.

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