The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is hosting the annual Arab Aviation Summit, which officially opened yesterday, February 28.
And for the first time, this major summit of the Arab aviation industry is attended by a delegation of key industry figures from Israel, including Gadi Tepper and Oz Berlowitz, Chairman and CEO of Arkia International, respectively, as well as Amsalem Tours representatives and journalists from Israel.
The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, about an hour’s drive from Dubai, is making great efforts to increase traffic from Israel. And in light of the expected flight disruption between TLV and Dubai Airport, due to unresolved security issues, flights might be landing soon at the Ras Al Khaimah Airport.
A panel held yesterday with delegates from Israel gained lots of interest among participants who posed many questions to the Israeli delegation.
The opening ceremony was attended by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of the Ras Al Khaimah Emirate and key officials in the local government, the CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, and Chairman of Air Arabia, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammad al-Thani.
According to Dov Kalmann, the Marketing & PR Representative of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority: “This is a historic event for us Israelis, and while the world returns to wars and violence, it is exciting to lead an Israeli delegation to a place of peace and tourism development with Israel. For the first time, we are equal among equals at this important summit. Furthermore, participation of major players from Israeli tourism and media will help open up a fascinating new destination for the Israeli market, one that combines nature, warm hospitality, and fabulous hotels, namely Ras Al Khaimah.”
Chairman of Air Arabia, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammad al-Thani, said that aviation and tourism are a major force connecting the peoples of the world, as “The aviation industry is much more than flights, it actually brings in 4% of the world’s GDP. We have overcome corona, and now that we are putting that crisis behind us, restrictions must be removed worldwide, as there is no difference between a plane or a bus. Therefore, it is vital for aviation and the world economy that all corona restrictions are removed.
“We see huge demand post corona, people want to fly and travel, and 2022 may be a great year for the aviation industry. We need to look forward and return the industry to growth and prosperity as a leading and important industry for the world economy.”