The Israeli pavilion at the 2020 Dubai Expo is scheduled to open on Oct. 7. But even before opening, it has become an important platform from strengthening diplomatic ties between the two countries. Three Israeli ministers either have visited or will visit the United Arab Emirates in relation to the exposition. Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked have already concluded their trips and Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov will inaugurate the Israeli pavilion in Dubai on Thursday.
It may be completely coincidental that one of the main ads for Expo 2020, which opened Sept. 30 in Dubai, featured an Israeli flag right over the head of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, the strongest person in the United Arab Emirates. Coincidental or not, it certainly was symbolic. A flag that in the not-too-distant past could not be flown in the Emirates at all is now right at the center of things – and certainly in the center of economic affairs.