The JerusalemPost and Khaleej Times, the two largest English-language media organisations in Israel and the UAE, respectively, have partnered to present the first in-person conference in 2021 in Dubai.

The partnership comes after the signing of the historic Abraham Accords between the UAE and Israel that ushered in a new vision for the Middle East.

The event in February will be preceded by a virtual confab on January 13, 2021.

The UAE-Israel Peace & Prosperity Roundtable will set the tone for the bilateral relations between the two countries. The half-day virtual confab will include renowned names from both sides spanning across government and business sectors discussing topics that form an integral part of the growth story of the UAE and Israel. Topics include healthcare technology, trade and investment, fintech collaboration and stability in the Middle East.

Hundreds are expected to attend the in-person conference, which will take place in February 2021 in Dubai.

It will be the first of its kind and bring together political figures and business and civic leaders to discuss the growing importance of both the UAE and Israel on a global scale. It will discuss the importance of the Abraham Accords that aims to bring long-lasting peace in the region.

This is a new era for Israel, the UAE and the entire Middle East,” said The Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief Yaakov Katz.

“We’re excited to partner with the Khaleej Times to bring together the top thought leaders in this space to discuss opportunities for our two countries.”

Vaman Vassudev Kamat, Editor-in-Chief of Khaleej Times, said: “We are moving towards an era of progress, prosperity, peace and friendship in the Middle East. The summit will help us explore business opportunities and strengthen people-to-people interactions.

The UAE-Israel Business Council made the connection between the two media outlets.

“Our vision for the UAE-Israel Business Council is to create partnerships between Israeli and Emirati companies to benefit both societies,” said UAE-Israel Business Council Co-founder and Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum. “By bringing together these legacy media organisations from both countries, they have the opportunity to bring the top thought leaders in the new Middle East to create a conference that will set the stage for exciting opportunities and developments resulting from the Abraham Accords.”


The UAE Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence will launch on Sunday a virtual forum entitled

"A Message of Tolerance from the UAE to the World".

The event that will be held in the presence of and under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, will see the participation of a wide range of religious leaders of various religions and a large number of writers, thinkers and officials.

Sheikh Nahyan will deliver the keynote speech of the forum in the presence of several researchers and academics specialising in the fields of tolerance, coexistence and peace from inside and outside the country.

The forum aims to deepen these values among various segments of society, and consolidate coexistence and tolerance among various religions.

The ministry emphasised that the forum will shed light on the UAE's unique experience regionally and globally that has achieved great success, witnessed by the world, until it became a role model for those who want to follow that path.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, Deputy Director, Board of Trustees of the Sultan bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Establishment.

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