DP World and Dubai Customs are looking at exploring trade opportunities with Israel.
It comes after Group Chairman and CEO of DP World Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem signed MoUs with DoverTower, a company owned by Shlomi Fogel, the co-owner of Israel Shipyards and Port of Eilat.
Part of the engagement between the UAE and Israel to strengthen peace, dialogue and stability and promote sustainable development, the MoUs create a framework for the companies to work together in assessing opportunities to develop infrastructure for trade between Israel and the UAE, as well as within Israel and the region.
The MoUs cover three broad areas of cooperation - DP World will assess the development of Israeli ports and free zones and the potential establishment of a direct shipping route between Eilat and Jebel Ali; Dubai Customs will promote and facilitate trade between private entities in the two countries through customs best practice and seamless, innovative processes; and Drydocks World will explore business opportunities with Israel Shipyards on a joint venture for developing, manufacturing and marketing ISL products.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World, said, "The MoUs will contribute to the efforts to tap economic and trade cooperation opportunities, and facilitate development-oriented linkages between the two countries. DP World’s mission is to enable global trade – our work to build trade routes between the UAE, Israel and beyond will help our customers to do business in the region more easily and efficiently."
Shlomi Fogel, Chairman and owner of DoverTower Group, shareholder of Israel Shipyard port in Haifa and partner of Eilat Port said it's a "great honour to work and collaborate with Sultan bin Sulayem".
"I’m proud of our mutual friendship and vision to create a strategic partnership that will positively impact the global trade and economy while strengthening the commercial relationship between the state of Israel and the UAE.
"I believe that this agreement is just the beginning of the mutual and long collaboration and more agreements will follow between DP World and DoverTower across different industries.
"I am also happy to announce that DP World and Israel Shipyards will collaborate to establish a joint venture that will participate in the tender for the privatisation of the Port of Haifa."