Just a few weeks ago the United Arab Emirates wouldn’t allow visitors to enter with an Israeli passport.
Things can really change in the blink of an eye!
And now, Israir is applying for permission to fly nonstop between Tel Aviv and Dubai starting on October 2nd. The nonstop flight should take less than 3.5 hours thanks to being able to fly over Saudi Arabian airspace.
That’s truly incredible!
I don’t yet see flights for sale, but hopefully that will happen shortly. Israel is currently closed to foreigners through September, so it will be interesting to see if that changes in October. When it does, it’s likely that we’ll see Emirates and/or Etihad add flights as well.
It will be a real challenge for Israeli airlines to compete with those world class carriers. That’s even more true if El Al can only fly a 737 to the UAE versus an Emirates Boeing 777 or an Airbus A380 with a bar and shower onboard.
Meanwhile, El Al remains closed, with last week’s flight to Abu Dhabi one of the few flights they have flown since March.
I wrote about my awesome 2017 stopover in the UAE here. When will you book your trip?