The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel have reached a bilateral agreement that will give incentives and protection to investors who make investments in each other's countries, both finance ministries said on Sunday.
The agreement is one of the first between the UAE and Israel after they agreed to normalize relations in August.
The UAE has signed 99 investment protection treaties and this one with Israel would strengthen economic ties, encourage competition and increase the attractiveness of investments between the two countries, UAE Finance Ministry Undersecretary Younis Haji Al Khoori said in a statement.
Under the deal, which still needs to be signed by both finance ministers, investors would be protected from arbitrary changes in regulation and political situations and they will be able to transfer funds out of country if needed -- a framework the Israeli ministry said would put investors' minds at ease.
The UAE finance ministry said the agreement would protect investments from non-commercial risks such as "nationalization, confiscation, judicial seizures, freezing assets, establishing licensed investments, and transferring profits and revenues in convertible currencies."
Israeli Finance Ministry chief economist Shira Greenberg said the agreement would benefit the private sector while promoting competition in the Israeli economy.