‘Business, economy best foundation to bring peoples of different nations together’
DUBAI, OCT 18: Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Founding Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group (AHG), welcomed Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, at the Group’s Head Office on Al Wasl Road. Deputy Mayor Hassan-Nahoum was accompanied by Dorian Barak, a prominent investor and entrepreneur based in Israel and the founder of the UAE-Israel Business Council (UIBC), whose mission is to bridge and foster commercial ties between the UAE and Israel.
Mr Barak and Ms Hassan-Nahoum established the UIBC in June of this year, prior to the peace treaty between the countries, in anticipation of rising trade ties between Israel and the UAE. Al Habtoor and Hassan-Nahoum both expressed their excitement about the recent agreement between the Emirates and Israel.
Al Habtoor said: “Business and economy are the best foundation to bring peoples of different nations together. Their interest becomes common, the safeguard of a long-lasting cooperation.” The Deputy Mayor concurred: “We realized the importance of economic ties, and that is why we founded the UAE-Israel Business Council even before the agreement was signed.”
She added: “We see tremendous opportunities for both nations and hope that with strong backers like the Al Habtoor Group we will see strong economic ties underpin a warm peace. Mayor Moshe Lion and I will be delighted to welcome you to Jerusalem to explore opportunities together, especially given your achievements here in the UAE and your longstanding commitment to this agreement.”
Al Habtoor concluded, “I am happy to welcome Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum and Mr Dorian Barak in my office and in my hotel the Habtoor Palace, and every Israeli who visits my country. We share with the Israelis the same values of hard work and commitment to success, and the same ambitions to build innovative and leading economies in the world. Between our business know-how and Israeli innovative technologies, the opportunities for cooperation are endless.”