January 5, 2021

Israelis Flock to Dubai While Israeli Hotels go Begging

Tel Aviv…An estimated 50,000 Israelis have already visited Dubai in the four months since the Abraham Accords were signed between Israel and the UAE. This was happening while Israeli hotels remain virtually deserted as the country endures yet another lockdown. Some Israelis are booking hotels in Dubai as the venue for a wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah. A significant number of Israelis are planning to spend Passover at one of the luxury hotels in Dubai. With an increasing number of flights between Dubai and Tel Aviv, the expectation is that Dubai will become the new leading destination for Israelis and many American Jews. Meanwhile struggling Israeli hoteliers are desperately attempting to save the lucrative Passover season. Israeli officials do not expect tourists to return before the summer, at the earliest. Israeli hotels are pleading for government support or favorable loans to stay afloat over the next six months.