UAE: Economic, financial boycott of Israel lifted

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The United Arab Emirate’s President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Saturday issued a royal decree lifting the economic boycott of Israel, state news agency WAM reported.

The royal decree will allow individuals and companies in the UAE to sign deals and agreements with entities in Israel. It will also establish trade between the two states.

Israel on Friday listed its first commercial flight to Abu Dhabi, with national carrier El-Al flying the route on August 31.

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Israel Airports Authority’s website said the flight would be numbered LY971, a nod to the UAE’s international calling code number. A return flight to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday will be numbered LY972, Israel’s international calling code.

The UAE and Israel on August 13 reached a historic deal, brokered by US President Donald Trump, to fully normalize bilateral diplomatic relations and making the Gulf nation the third Arab country to formalize ties with Israel.

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