The accords have had a deep impact in terms of the region’s politics,
economics and defense, and have been a game-changer for Israel’s status.
Ministry of Economy and Industry Foreign Trade Administration head Ohad Cohen says that exports have increased by 13% annually over the past two years. He adds that Israel and the UAE have met their expected targets in terms of trade. “A lot of people initially thought that money grew on trees on the streets of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and this would flood over to us. The number of delegations that went out was huge, and many that went out had no real connection to what the UAE had to offer.”