Israel, UAE agree on security for Israeli flights to Dubai - Shin Bet

"Shared working principles and security arrangements were agreed upon that will allow Israeli airlines to once again fly to Dubai on a regular basis," the Shin Bet said.

Aerial view of the Sheikh Zayed Road, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 26, 2020. (photo credit: REUTERS/SATISH KUMAR)
Aerial view of the Sheikh Zayed Road, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 26, 2020.
(photo credit: REUTERS/SATISH KUMAR)

Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed a security arrangement that will allow Israeli airlines to resume a full schedule of flights to Dubai, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said on Friday.

A dispute over airport security in Dubai had forced them to cut back services and without a resolution all flights would have been halted by March 8.

Shin Bet said an agreement was reached with Emirati counterparts.

"Shared working principles and security arrangements were agreed upon that will allow Israeli airlines to once again fly to Dubai on a regular basis," it said.

Nonstop flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai were among the fruits of a landmark 2020 deal establishing ties between Israel and the UAE. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have visited the UAE and Gulf commercial hub since.

EL AL – THEY ARE prickly on the outside... but they have a heart of gold. (credit: YOSSI ALONI/FLASH90)EL AL – THEY ARE prickly on the outside... but they have a heart of gold. (credit: YOSSI ALONI/FLASH90)

Israel's flag carrier El Al ELAL.TA welcomed the resolution and said it would immediately return to operating up to three or four flights a day to Dubai.

Israel's Shin Bet security service had previously voiced concerns - which it did not publicly detail - about arrangements at Dubai International Airport.

El Al and two smaller rivals that fly to Dubai had said that one issue had been securing enough security tags for personnel to allow them to handle a full flight schedule.

"With hard work behind the scenes, we have found a solution to the Dubai flights issue, and Israeli flights will continue there. Israel-UAE relations are critical to the State of Israel's national security," said Transportation Minister and Labor Party leader Merav Michaeli. "I welcome the Israeli Security Agency and its Emirati counterparts' efforts, who worked tirelessly to reach an agreement, to ensure the continuation of flights between our countries."