Photo Credit: Shaare Mizrah via Twitter screengrab
Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie posts mezuzah on the doorposts of the Israel Diamond Exchange branch office in Dubai.

United Arab Emirates’ Senior Rabbi Dr. Eli Abadie led the ceremony on Tuesday to officially open the representative office of the Israel Diamond Exchange in the DMCC, the global hub for trade and enterprise in the UAE’s Free zone in Dubai.

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The rabbi blessed those involved with making the office “very, very successful” and said with a smile, “There should be a lot, a lot of business between Israel and Dubai.”

In response, those present at the ceremony said, “Inshallah. Amen.”

The rabbi then recited the blessing on posting a mezuzah on the doorpost at the entrance to the new office before carefully pressing the silver-covered parchment scroll into place.

Last week the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities (AGJC), founded by Rabbi Abadie, celebrated the first anniversary of its establishment in the region.

Earlier this month, the Shaare Mizrah Jewish community in Dubai celebrated the welcoming of a new Sefer Torah as well.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.