Flydubai apologises after Israeli passengers held up at Dubai International Airport

Images on social media show long queues because of an apparent issue with entry visas on Monday

FILE - Israeli tourists leave a flydubai plane which departed from Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and landed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020.    The Israeli government is urging its citizens to avoid travel to the Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, citing threats of Iranian attacks. Thursday, Dec. 3, travel advisory comes as Iran is threatening to attack Israeli targets following the assassination of its top nuclear scientist last Friday.   (AP Photo/Malak Harb, File)
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Flydubai apologised after passengers on a flight from Israel experienced delays on arrival in Dubai.

The airline said it would review "the processes and procedures to prevent any delays to subsequent flights".

Israeli news reports and social media images showed what was later confirmed to be 155 people queueing in an arrival hall on Monday morning.

Reports said there had been an issue with entry visas since Sunday night.

Passengers were later allowed to pass through the airport and continue on their way.

State news agency Wam, which carried flydubai's statement, said "the policy permitting the entry of Israeli citizens remains unchanged, and Israeli citizens continue to be welcomed to the UAE".

Israel's foreign ministry spokesman Lior Haiat told Israeli media the issue apparently stemmed from confusion over whether the passenger or the travel company needed to secure the visa.

Israeli tourists began arriving in the Emirates last month, just weeks after the landmark Abraham Accord normalised relations between the two countries.

Flydubai and Israir are among the airlines to operate daily services between Tel Aviv and Dubai, allowing hundreds of UAE residents and Israelis to travel for holiday and business.

At Dubai's Gitex technology exhibition this week, there is a large contingent of Israeli business people and a number of top cybersecurity consultants among the main speakers.

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