Israeli Man Fatally Attacked in Dubai: Dispute Between Families Ends in Tragedy

Israeli Man Fatally Attacked in Dubai: Dispute Between Families Ends in Tragedy

...By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.

Police in Dubai announced on Thursday that the fatal assault on an Israeli man by eight other Israelis, who have now been arrested, was the outcome of a dispute between two families.


Ghassan Shamsyeh, a 33-year-old man, succumbed to his injuries sustained in the attack that took place in Dubai’s Business Bay area, a prominent tourist destination in the United Arab Emirates.

The Attack and Arrests:

According to authorities, the eight suspects, currently in police custody, had arrived in Dubai from a European country for the purposes of tourism and shopping.

The confrontation between the suspects and Shamsyeh occurred in a cafe and escalated into a mutual assault, ultimately resulting in the victim’s death due to the use of a sharp weapon.

Rooted in Ongoing Dispute:

The police statement revealed that the fatal assault had its origins in a longstanding dispute between two families.

The exact nature of the dispute was not specified, but it was cited as the underlying cause of the tragic incident.

Unusual Violence in Dubai:

Dubai is known for its reputation as a safe city, and violent crimes are relatively uncommon.


The occurrence of such a fatal assault stands out amidst the city’s emphasis on maintaining a secure environment for residents and visitors.

Israeli-UAE Relations:

Since the signing of a US-brokered deal known as the Abraham Accords in 2020, the United Arab Emirates has seen an influx of Israeli nationals, both as tourists and residents.

The normalization of relations between the two countries has brought about increased interactions and exchanges, making incidents like this one involving Israelis particularly noteworthy.


The fatal assault of an Israeli man in Dubai has shocked both local and international communities.

The incident, stemming from a dispute between two families, highlights the importance of maintaining peace and resolving conflicts peacefully.

The UAE, generally known for its safety, will likely review its security measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.


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