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First 'virtual' visit to UAE museum by Israeli minister

December 2 - Israel's Culture and Sports Minister Chili Tropper conducted a virtual tour of the Crossroads of Civilization Museum in Dubai on December 2, hosted by Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, a former member of the United Arab Emirates Federal National Council and Founder of the museum, according to The Jerusalem Post. Read the report.

Highlights of the visit

“I am happy about the fascinating tour that took place today and I am sure this is just the beginning of a fruitful cooperation between the cultural figures in Israel and the cultural figures in the UAE," said Tropper.

- Al Mansoori is the founder of the Strategists Center, a research organization focused on geo-political affairs. He manages a consultancy and works with NGOs and corporations. He was a former member of parliament, called the Federal National Council, in the UAE.

- He runs three museums: The Historic Weapons Museum and the Manuscripts, old Prints and Books Museum, and the Crossroads of Civilizations museum. he is considered a key figure behind coexistence and tolerance initiatives and widely praised by visitors who go to his museums and figures in the Jewish community. The museum is housed in a prominent historic home in Shindagha in Dubai and has some 27,000 items over 23,000 square feet for all three museums.

- Al Mansoori said "The best thing is that when you communicate with people in their language it is a sign of respect. We don’t impose our language, we try to learn from others and also make it easy for our Israeli friends and beloved guests from Israel to feel at home; and that is my sign of hospitality."

- The visit was facilitated by Potomac Strategy, a consulting firm owned by Eitan Charnoff, which has been doing work focused on the GCC and Arab world in the fields of business, philanthropy, and strategy for a number of years.

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