An El Al spokesman announced on 28 August that El Al 971, the first commercial flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, would operate Tel Aviv`s Ben Gurion Airport to Abu Dhabi.  Saudi Arabia authorized the use of its airspace so that the aircraft could fly directly to the United Arab Emirates and landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The flight was carried out by a delegation of U.S. and Israeli officials, including Jared Kushner, Robert C. O`Brien and Meir Ben-Shabbat, Israel`s national security adviser. The aircraft had the word „peace“ painted in Hebrew, Arabic and English above the cockpit window and received a red carpet.   Saudi Arabia and Bahrain then permanently opened their airspace to flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.   The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps warned the United Arab Emirates that it would have dangerous consequences for the agreement. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the agreement a „huge mistake“ and warned the United Arab Emirates that Israel was not safe in the Gulf. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke of a betrayal of Arab and non-Arab countries in the Middle East. A group of protesters with less than 100 residents gathered in front of the VaE Embassy in Tehran on 15 August, chanting „Death to America“ and „Death to Israel“. Protesters also burned Israel`s flag.
 The conservative newspaper Kayhan, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Iran`s Supreme Leader, warned that the agreement had made the United Arab Emirates a „legitimate and simple objective.“  President Donald J. Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander-in-Chief, spoke today and agreed to the complete normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation regretted that the agreement was reached without consultation with the Palestinians, although the agreement was linked to their future, and noted that the agreement did not guarantee a permanent suspension of the annexation of parts of the West Bank.  Protests and demonstrations have taken place in many cities in Pakistan to condemn the agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.  THE UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov also welcomed the agreement, adding that it would put an end to Israeli annexation plans, which the United Nations has repeatedly called for an end to, and hoped that it would re-establish dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians.  On 13 August 2020, uae Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash announced the UNITED Arab Emirates agreement on normalizing relations with Israel and said his country wanted to address the threats to the two-state solution, particularly the annexation of the Palestinian territories, and ask the Palestinians and Israelis to return to the negotiating table.