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Abu Dhabi – Ayelet Shaked also praised Abraham’s accords and believes they will “get stronger every year”
Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed her desire to explore various avenues of cooperation with the UAE, especially in areas such as smart governance and digitization.
In an interview with the Khaleej Times during his visit to the country, Shaked said: “Israel is known as the start-up nation, progressive in high tech and technology – but the government is less so; we can learn from the UAE government’s experience with digitization. “
One of those areas of focus, she said, is Abu Dhabi’s success in preventing crime and maintaining security. “Abu Dhabi police are one of the best in the world and Abu Dhabi is one of the safest cities in the world – a subject that we can certainly learn from you,” she said, referring to to how the emirate uses technology to keep a safe and secure city.
The Israeli minister, who arrived in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, also visited the headquarters of the Zayed Smart City project “to see innovation in practice”.
A model for peace
During the interview, Shaked expressed his strong beliefs about the long-term success of the Abrahamic Accords, saying, “I truly believe in this peace accord because it is based on a healthy relationship between the two peoples.
“Our two countries are like two islands of stability amidst chaos in the Middle East, so we have a lot in common,” she said. “The two countries are stable entities and I believe that this peace agreement between the two countries can be a model for other agreements in the future.”
Speaking about the most notable achievement which she said has taken place since the signing of the agreements last year, the Minister said: “I think the greatest achievement is the relationship between people and the fact that the Emirates Arabs present a tolerant version of Islam. This is something that is very important to us… When I visit here I can see that we have real peace; it’s not wrong… so, i think it will last.
She said Israeli ministers were eager to realize the Accord’s enormous potential and that many were planning to visit the UAE. “I can tell you that the government is planning to visit and strengthen its relations with its counterparts in the United Arab Emirates. We see great potential: both economic and political. I think this agreement will grow stronger every year. “
Possibility to invest
This week, Israeli Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg paid a visit to the Israeli pavilion at the Expo. Tourism Minister Yoel Razbozov is expected to do the same later this week.
Shaked then invited the Emiratis to visit Israel’s various attractions, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth.
“I will be happy to see tourists from the United Arab Emirates come to visit Israel… In two or three weeks, we will be opening the doors to tourists. There is hope now, as Covid cases are on the decline. “
She added that even during Covid, many Israelis visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi and predicted that the UAE would soon become a top destination for Israeli tourists. “A lot of Israelis are now coming to visit the United Arab Emirates, and I hope it will be reciprocated,” she said.
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The minister is expected to visit the Israeli and UAE pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai this week, where she said many businessmen from her country will be looking for investment opportunities.
“I am proud that the United Arab Emirates were able to host the Expo; this is a good thing. I am also proud to be able to promote Israel to the rest of the world and hope that our exhibition will attract many people.