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Joint Israeli-UAE duet becomes YouTube hit

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Israeli singer Elkana Marziano sings along with a video clip of a song on which he worked in collaboration with Emirati artist Walid Aljasim on October 15, 2020.
JACK GUEZ / AFPIsraeli singer Elkana Marziano sings along with a video clip of a song on which he worked in collaboration with Emirati artist Walid Aljasim on October 15, 2020.

Israeli singer Elkana Marziano and Emirati artist Walid Aljasim's song "Ahlan Bik" has garnered 1.1 m hits

In honor of the normalization of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a singer from each of the countries has collaborated on a song that switches from Arabic to Hebrew to English.

Israeli singer Elkana Marziano and Emirati artist Walid Aljasim have garnered more than a 1.1 million views on clip celebrating normalization, shot separately in Dubai and Tel Aviv, according to AFP.

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The song is called "Ahlan Bik" or "Hello You" in Arabic.

Marziano, who is a former winner of Israel's version of "The Voice," a singing competition TV show, and a fluent Arabic speaker labeled this period as a "historic moment." He added that the understanding between him and his Emirati collaborator was "immediate."

"One online commentator, who posted under the name Shaked Sharon, said: 'With this song, you feel the new Middle East,'" according to AFP.

The chorus — “I hear you friend far away, far away” — is repeated in the three languages, while the music video’s action pivots from Marziano dancing with friends in Israel to Aljasim in Dubai, cited The Times of Israel.

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Marziano was elated that Israeli and Emiratis were discussing the song online and added that he planned to perform a concert - as soon as a full lifting of coronavirus restrictions would allow - with Aljasim.

The Knesset (Israel Parliament) ratified the peace deal between Israel and UAE in a unanimous vote on Thursday. It is only the third time - although full diplomatic relations with the Emirates' Gulf neighbor Bahrain is imminent - that Israel has signed a peace deal with an Arab country; the other times being 1979 with Egypt and the 1994 accord with Jordan.