A "sticky" factory in Sde Boker will export goods to the Emirates.
Excited morning children watch the container load
The "sticky" factory in Sde Boker made history when at the end of the week the first container with Israeli goods left, which was loaded onto the first ship to sail to Dubai.
The product, designed for the benefit of the emirate company Kimoha, is special adhesive tapes that are used as a carrying handle for soft drinks.
The commercial connection between the Israeli factory and the company was established a few years ago, but now, following the peace agreement, it has finally been decided to realize it.
The kibbutz was very excited about the event - the children accompanied the loading of the container with songs and held the flags of the two countries.
Javier Gochman, CEO of the "Sticky" factory: "We are very excited to be the first to send a container from Israel to Dubai.
Even the kindergarten children arrived with Israeli flags and the Emirates and accompanied the container loading and shipping phase.
Our customer is a manufacturer of packaging for the local food industry there, and has been in touch with us for four years.
"Unfortunately, this connection has not been possible so far. They were not allowed to do business with Israeli companies. With the signing of the peace agreement, the solution was quickly found, both from the logistical point of view of direct shipment to Dubai and from the financial point of view of payment to us in Israel. "Historical for us, and we have no doubt that if 'the old man' had been with us, he would have boasted of the special meaning that his vision of flowering the wilderness is receiving these days."
Eran Doron, head of the Ramat Negev Regional Council: "This is a very exciting day for us. This is the first shipment from Israel to Dubai, in the hope that it will be followed by many more. Exports will contribute to the Israeli economy. I see Ben-Gurion's words about the importance of regional alliances coming true in practice. He would probably have rejoiced in light of this great achievement. Yes, they will multiply! "