UAE seeks $1 trillion in business with Israel over next decade
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UAE seeks $1 trillion in business with Israel over next decade

UAE seeks $1 trillion in business with Israel over next decade

The UAE was looking at sectors including defense, energy and food security

The United Arab Emirates is seeking to grow economic ties with Israel to more than $1 trillion over the next decade, Economy Minister Abdulla Bin Touq said Monday, strengthening a year-old relationship that’s already produced billions of dollars worth of business.

The Gulf country has signed over 60 memorandums of understanding with Israel since normalising relations in 2020 and is expecting an “influx” of trade in the next two years, Bin Touq told a virtual conference from the US, where he is leading a high-level business delegation. The UAE was looking at sectors including defense, energy and food security.

“We have $600m to $700m dollars of bilateral trade happening, we have funds of billions of dollars that have been announced jointly between the two countries, we are moving into so many areas of economic opportunities,” he said. “We are looking to create over $1 trillion dollars of economic activity over the next decade.”

Those deals include Mubadala Investment Co.’s $1bn purchase of Tel Aviv-listed Delek’s stake in an Israeli gas field, which was concluded this month.

The so-called Abraham Accords were an historic breakthrough, hailed by leaders including then-US President Donald Trump as a step toward forging peace in the Middle East. The UAE was the first Arab nation after Egypt and Jordan to formally recognise Israel.

The Israeli government said at the time that the deal would lead to billions of dollars of investment. Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan have also recognised Israel following intense diplomacy from the US.

The UAE announced earlier this month plans to deepen its trade ties in fast-growing economies in Asia and Africa, and draw $150bn in foreign investment as it faces growing competition from regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia.

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