A year after Abraham Accords, Israel ‘happy’ to be at Dubai Expo
September 27, 2021
Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors to exhibitors from some 200 countries after a year-long delay to the pandemic
Israel is gearing up to take part in Expo 2020 Dubai when the world fair opens Friday, a year after the United Arab Emirates and the Jewish state normalized ties.
The first world fair to be held in the Middle East, Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors to exhibitors from almost 200 countries as of October 1 after being delayed for a year by the coronavirus pandemic.
"We're very happy to be here,” Menachem Gantz, the spokesman of Israel's Pavilion at the six-month world fair, told the media.
“This is the first time the expo is in the Middle East, and the first time Israel is participating in an event of such magnitude and importance in an Arab country.”
The Israeli pavilion includes a large illuminated sign saying “Towards Tomorrow” in both Arabic and Hebrew.
On September 15 the UAE marked one year since normalizing ties with Israel and inaugurating the Abraham Accords, a move that leaders hope could reap a trillion dollars in trade and business.