A handful of carriers launched flying routes between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November last year. Israel and the UAE agreed in September to establish diplomatic relations. There has since then an influx of Israeli visitors and tourists in the UAE and to our surprise, they are stealing things from Dubai hotels.
However, Israeli tourists are not behaving well in the UAE, says a Middle East Monitor report.
Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth has reported that Israeli tourists visiting the UAE are stealing items from hotel rooms in Dubai.
“I have been visiting the UAE for many years and doing business there,” said a Israeli businessman.
“Last month, I arrived at the hotel I was staying in and was terrified when I saw in the hotel lobby, Israelis are being searched for stolen items from the rooms.”
Complaints of Israeli tourists stealing from hotels came a month after the first commercial passenger flight from Israel to the UAE took off.
‘We have not seen items stolen before’
“We host hundreds of tourists from all countries of the world. Some of them create problems, but we have not seen items stolen before,” said a manager of a hotel overlooking the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa.
“Recently, we have seen Israeli tourists come to the hotel and pile up all their bags, stealing towels, tea and coffee bags, and even lamps.”
He added, “One time an Israeli family came with two children to check-out. We discovered that things were missing in the room. When the hotel staff tried to tell them that things in the room in which they were staying were missing. They started screaming.”
“After the conversation, they finally agreed to open their bag. And, we discovered that they had ice containers, hangers, and face towels. After we told them that we would inform the police, they decided to return the things and apologized.”
Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khazraj Al-Nasari, a Qatari presenter, published a video claiming a number of Emirati hotel owners contacted him detailing the thefts they discovered.
In the viral video, he warned, “They should know that normalization with Israel means having to give up room objects for now, and maybe land later on.”
The UAE and Israel agreed to establish relations following the signing of the controversial agreements on September 15 at the White House.
Story Credits: Middle East Monitor
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