The ceremony, held at Qasr Al Watan, came after Israel officially opened its embassy in the UAE last month, currently operating from "temporary offices" with Eitan Na'eh serving as an acting ambassador.
Sheikh Mohammed wished Al-Khaja success in his mission, calling on the ambassador to work sincerely to strengthen the friendship and cooperation relations with Israel, and to maintain the culture of peace, coexistence and tolerance between the two nations' peoples and the peoples of the region.
According to Emirates News Agency (WAM), the event was attended by a number of ministers, senior sheikhs and other officials.
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The Palestinian leadership condemned the establishment of ties with the occupation as a "treacherous stab to the Palestinian cause".
Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi have also signed treaties on direct flights and visa-free travel, along with accords on investment protection, science and technology.