PM Binyamin Netanyahu plans to be on hand at Ben Gurion on Thursday for the arrival of Flydubai’s first twice-daily flight to Tel Aviv after the normalization of relations in September. El Al and Israir will launch their services between the cities next month. Etihad Airways, based in Abu Dhabi, will launch commercial flights to Israel next March.
The UAE is reported to have stopped issuing new visas to the citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-Majority countries including Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Somali, Libya. Afghanistan and Yemen. A circular to this effect was issued by a state-business park to companies operating in the park and seen by Reuters. The ban came into effect on Nov. 18.