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saying wanting to show the "New Middle East", the chain of information International I24News announced Monday a series of agreements with the United Arab Emirates including the opening of a permanent office in Dubai, a first for a media based in Israel.
last December, in the wake of the normalization of relations between Israel and the Emirates, I24News and the Abu Dhabi Media conglomerate had agreed on a "exchange" of content between their editors based in both countries.
Monday, the I24News chain, owned by Patrick Drahi billionaire, has announced the establishment of a permanent office to the city of Dubai after obtaining licenses for the broadcast of the two major telecom operators of the Emirates, Etisalat and the.
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"At the symbolic level, it shows that i24News is perceived (...) as the platform and the Chain of the Abraham Agreements (name given to standardization agreements between Israel and the Emirates, NDLR)," said AFP Frank Melloul, CEO of i24News.
"It also shows how i24news has managed to impose itself in record time as a major media player in the region," he said.
The parties also intend to set up "the fiber of peace", a line of fiber optic connecting the Gulf to Israel via Jordan, in order, among other things, to connect the media studios to the Emirates to those of the chain In Tel Aviv, "added Melloul.
i24News, which broadcasts in French, English and Arabic, will also exchange content with the publisher of the English-speaking newspaper Gulf News and with the emiratic Ministry of Tourism, which promoted the Gulf's monarchy in television advertisements.
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For the occasion, the chain based in Jaffa, on the Israeli coast, unveiled a new slogan: "The heart of a new Middle East beats on I24News".
In a statement, the Director of the Media Office of the Emirate of Dubai, Mona Al-Marri, welcomed "the establishment of cooperation between the media sectors of the Emirates and Israel". The director of the Media City, a free zone where many media-based media are concentrated in Dubai, Majed Al Suwaidi, greeted "the opening of an I24News office".
The announcement of these agreements occurs a few weeks after the last war of Gaza, from 10 to 21 May, which has been the subject of an intense coverage since the Palestinian enclave by the Al-Jazeera chain, based in Qatar, Critical emirate so far standardization agreements between the Hebrew State and Arab countries (Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco).
Since the standardization in September relations between the Emirates and Israel, the two countries have established direct airlines, named ambassadors and multiplied visits to trade delegations.
Palestinians denounced the standardization agreements, qualified by "betrayal", the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict having been so far considered as a sine qua non to any standardization.
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Israel-based i24News channel to open Dubai office .
The television network will be the first Israeli media entity to set up in the UAE since the normalisation of ties.“In the last year, we have witnessed regional diplomatic changes that enable business ties and opportunities for partnerships,” Frank Melloul, chief executive of i24News, said on Monday.