A resident of the United Arab Emirates embarks on a 9,000 km road trip from Dubai to Israel

An Emirati citizen is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime when he travels from Dubai to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in his car.

American Bruce Gorvin, 45, leaves Dubai in his Nissan Armada on Sunday for a return trip of 8,760 km.

Tell the National The trip is especially symbolic for him as a Jew living in the United Arab Emirates.

The trip, which is expected to take 21 days, will see him travel through countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan.

“It is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I have lived here since 1997, and now with very good relations between Israel and the UAE, I felt it was the right time,” Mr. Gorvin said.

I have always been struck by the number of similarities between Jews and Muslims.

“There is a lot that connects us. We should work together instead of fighting and going in opposite directions.”

He said the signing of the Ibrahim Accords was an important indication that Israel and the UAE were as close as they had been for decades.

Israel and the UAE signed the historic agreements in 2020 at a ceremony at the White House.

The agreement is the first between Israel and an Arab country in more than a quarter of a century.

“I wanted to do [the trip] About five or six years ago but he was unable to get the necessary permits for every country.”

“A lot of countries could not understand why I wanted a permit to drive to Israel with a car with an Emirati number plate.

On a mission to enhance food security

“Now with the peace agreement in place, it’s much clearer.”

Another reason for Mr. Guerfin’s trip is that he is launching a platform for food tech and desert tech countries across the region to connect with each other.

A large part of the trip will be taken up with potential clients, he said.

“Finding solutions to food security issues is critical, especially in this region,” he said.

“There are a lot of talented people working in these sectors across the region and it is important to be able to bring them together to look at possible solutions that could help so many.”

He added that the most difficult part of planning the trip was getting the different permits required to enter each country.

It costs about 20,000 dirhams ($5,400) for various permits and insurance. “The reason for that is because I have to get a special permit for my car in every country I travel to,” Mr. Gurfein said.

“No single insurance company will cover me for the entire trip, so I had to get separate policies in each country.”

Updated: August 06, 2022, 12:08 PM

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