Israeli housing project in Dubai to include synagogue and kosher restaurant
The Weizmann Real Estate Group has been named as the Israeli entity behind the project, reportedly in conjunction with a Syrian business partner.
The housing project is reported to be in “one of the most prestigious areas in Dubai” and in addition to a kosher restaurant and a synagogue, the building will also have a lift that works on Shabbat hours.
According to Haim Weizmann, the synagogue was donated to the Israeli businessman when the Syrian learned of his background.
“When they heard that I'm Israeli, we made a deal that they would engrave the Star of David and give me this synagogue, inside the 180-unit residential building,” Weizmann revealed to Arutz Sheva. “Syrians donated a synagogue to Israelis in Dubai. Nothing like this has ever happened before!” he added.
On Tuesday, a ceremony was held to install a mezuzah and a Torah was introduced to the premises.
In a pre-recorded speech played at the conference, former Israeli Knesset deputy speaker Yeshil Hillik Bar said: “It is very exciting for me to be in Dubai, and to witness the development of real friendly relations between our two countries, whether at the diplomatic or business level.”
A conference is currently underway with, “Dozens of businessmen, rabbis, public figures and businessmen specialising in real estate from Israel, France, Georgia and other countries,” according to Israel Hayom.
Following the deal Weizmann said: “Last year, no one would have believed that we would celebrate Hanukkah by lighting candles in Dubai with our new friends from the Emirates ... Besides social relations, we are also building close business relationships that will open up many diverse options for investors from Israel.”
The United Arab Emirates opened up as a viable market for Israeli businessmen and women following the normalisation of relations that took place in September.
Israeli firms have secured lucrative business deals with the UAE, including one company that will import food products made in the occupied West Bank.