Members“Exceptional Tolerance”: Why the UAE is Now a Second Home for Jews in the Mideast

Will Jews put off by rising antisemitism in Europe and the US move to Israel, or be attracted to the shining oasis of Dubai?

By Rami Dabbas | | Topics: UAE, Abraham Accords
Opening ceremony of the Emirati embassy in Tel Aviv. This peace is the real deal. Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90

A recent report in The Times noted that Dubai is fast becoming the destination of choice for many European and American Jews looking for “work opportunities and tolerance” in the post-Abraham Accords Middle East.

Alex Peterfreund told the newspaper that when he first arrived in Dubai, speaking Hebrew or doing anything else that identified one as Jewish or Israeli was an uncomfortable endeavor. But that all changed with the signing of the Abraham Accords.

There is already a small semi-permanent Jewish community living in the United Arab Emirates and some eight months after the signing of the accords, it is preparing “for the influx of thousands of Jewish expatriates from all over the world.”

If there was skepticism at first, everyone is now convinced that this is the real deal, and that Emirati tolerance for and embracing of the Jewish people is genuine.

 

Safer for the kippah

Peterfreund noted that Dubai is today “a better place for Jews than Paris or London. Believe me,...

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