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‘The main challenge is obtaining ingredients’: UAE gets ready to go kosher

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DUBAI (AFP) — At the plush Armani hotel in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, a rabbi switches on the stoves at what is billed as Dubai’s first kosher restaurant.

With the ink still fresh on the United Arab Emirates’ landmark normalization accord with Israel, restaurants and caterers are rushing to prepare for what they hope will be a flood of Jewish visitors arriving on new direct flights.

The city-state welcomed more than 16 million visitors in 2019 and expected to reach a record 20 million this year, although that was before the coronavirus hit.

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It reopened its doors to tourists again in July after a painful four-month shutdown, but business is slow. Rabbi Yaakov Eisenstein (R) supervises the preparation of food at Elli’s Kosher Kitchen, in Dubai, on October 5, 2020. (GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Under the normalization deal, the Emirates and Israel will establish air links — likely to begin in January — and a visa regime that will allow residents to travel for business and pleasure.

But before then, businesses hoping to cash in on the new market must overcome........

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