Israeli brand shoots ad in Dubai after normalisation deal

Israeli model May Tager, poses with Dubai-resident model Anastasia, during a photoshoot for FIX's Princess Collection in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 8 September 2020
Israeli model May Tager, poses with Dubai-resident model Anastasia, during a photoshoot for FIX's Princess Collection in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 8 September 2020Reuters
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Israeli May Tager has become the first model from her country to pose for a photoshoot in the United Arab Emirates, after the two nations agreed to normalise relations last month.

She posed in modest pyjamas during a desert shoot alongside a UAE-based model known as Anastasia.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates on 13 August agreed to normalise relations, making the UAE the first Gulf country and the third Arab state to do so when a final agreement is signed.

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The shoot, which involved the models waving the Israeli and UAE flags, took place in the sands of Dubai, one of the UAE's seven emirates and a regional tourism and business hub.

FIX is an Israeli woman's lingerie and pyjama brand. Out of respect for customs in the UAE, they modelled only pajamas

FIX is an Israeli woman's lingerie and pyjama brand. Out of respect for customs in the UAE, they modelled only pajamas.

"We respect the rules here," said Tager.

Easily accessible visas for Israeli citizens and direct flights between the countries have not yet been established, so the photoshoot team arrived on flights via Europe and on non-Israeli second passports.

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"The moment we heard about the normalisation agreement we thought it would be the most exciting thing to film in Dubai," said producer Noya Yohananoff, adding that getting the right paperwork took some time to figure out.

Israel and the UAE have stressed the economic benefits that normalisation could bring, with several business cooperation agreements already signed.

An Israeli delegation last week visited Abu Dhabi for normalisation talks.

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