The first UAE ambassador to Israel completed his preliminary visit of the country today after meeting with the top leadership and searching for suitable locations for the embassy and his home.
"Thanks for the warm greeting Tel Aviv-Yafo," he tweeted. "Feels a lot like Abu Dhabi and Dubai – dynamic and diverse cities set along the water."
The ambassador also repeated the same tweet in Hebrew.
תודה על קבלת הפנים החמה, תל אביב-יפו. מרגיש מאד כמו אבו דאבי ודובאי – ערים דינמיות ומגוונות השוכנות לאורך חוף הים. מצפה לרוץ ולרכב על אופניים לאורך הטיילת כשאחזור. נתראה שוב בקרוב. pic.twitter.com/RtJaQl0EiT
— Mohamed Al Khaja (@AmbAlKhaja) March 5, 2021
Al Khaja is scheduled to leave Israel on Wednesday to return later to take up his duties after locating the Abu Dhabi Embassy in Tel Aviv, according to the official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation.
He arrived in Israel on Monday and submitted his diplomatic credentials to President Reuven Rivlin. In a separate meeting, he also met with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.
On Tuesday he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who told him: "We are changing the Middle East, we are changing the world."
Last month, Al Khaja was sworn in as the UAE's ambassador to Israel.
The Palestinian leadership condemned the establishment of ties with the occupation as a "treacherous stab to the Palestinian cause".
Israel has since appointed Eitan Na'eh to head a temporary mission in Abu Dhabi until a permanent envoy is assigned.
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.