UAE tycoon says he’s talking with Israel on direct flights
Businessman from the United Arab Emirates Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor said he was already in talks with Israeli airline Israir on establishing direct flights between Israel and the UAE.
In an interview with Israel’s Channel 13, Habtoor, a billionaire real estate tycoon and philanthropist, confirmed his company was in talks with Israir.
"That’s true, my team and the Israeli team, there were talks this afternoon approaching each other regarding commercial airline and charters for tourists," he said.
"Definitely, my team is negotiating and I hope we will reach an agreement to benefit both the Israeli company and the UAE," the tycoon said.
"The United Arab Emirates, I call it the land of opportunity and this is a chance for the Israeli business people and for the tourists who would like to visit, we have variety. It is a very, very rich country," Habtoor said.