Israeli tech start-ups take on the Emirates

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The moment a deal normalising ties between the United Arab Emirates and Israel was announced, the head of a Tel Aviv technology organisation received dozens of LinkedIn invitations from Emiratis. A month on from the August diplomatic breakthrough, Eugene Kandel, CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, was already in Dubai selling Israeli technology. Kandel's organisation works to "build bridges" between Israeli technology companies and governments, businesses and organisations. The launching of public business ties "can provide a lot of opportunities for many Israelis," Kandel told AFP. Rather than wait for the signing ceremony at the White House on Tuesday between the two countries, as well as cementing an Israeli-Bahraini deal, Israeli business leaders rushed to Abu Dhabi and Dubai with catalogues of their wares. The first business delegation visited more...