The first direct commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates took off Monday, August 31, from Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv.
READ MORE: High-ranking U.S. and Israeli delegations flew from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday for a visit to Abu Dhabi, the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates.
The flight passed over Saudi Arabia’s airspace — another first for an Israeli commercial flight.
Israel and the UAE agreed to establish diplomatic relations earlier this month, with the help of U.S mediation.
The UAE will become the third Arab nation to have normalized relations with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan.
The U.S. delegation includes President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Mideast envoy Avi Berkowitz and envoy for Iran Brian Hook.