0131 GMT January 23, 2021
Farshid Farzanegan said that fruits and vegetables imported from the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories have been on offer at cheap prices in the UAE since Israeli exports have been allowed under a normalization pact with the Arab country in September, Press TV reported.
However, Farzanegan said the Emiratis continue to prefer fresh Iranian fruits despite the fact that they are two to three times more expensive than the Israeli produce.
“People view Iranian fruits as more natural; they prefer its taste and aroma ... Israeli fruits have not been welcome in the UAE market even though their prices are very low,” the businessman told ILNA.
Similar reports in recent weeks have suggested that there is near-zero demand for Israeli goods and services in several Arab countries where governments have reached normalization pacts with the Tel Aviv regime.
Experts believe that such normalization pacts, which have come under pressure from the US, would fail to impact growing popular sentiments against Israel.
Farzanegan said that Israeli exports to the UAE should not be a source of concern for Iranian businesses, adding that Iranian products would continue to have a strong presence in the Arab country.
Iran is a major exporter of farming products to the UAE with official figures showing the Arab country took delivery of $2.1 billion worth of Iranian products in the five months to late August, an increase of 5.1 percent year-on-year.
Iran’s agricultural exports to the UAE increased by 5.2 percent in volume over the same period last year, despite restrictions imposed at borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus.