MartynSinclair – I too can confirm this cooperation between Middle East countries. Even such public enemies as Israel and Saudi Arabia meet on a regular basis to agree civil aviation issues. At the political level these meetings are inconceivable however in the real world they take place and are conducted by individuals who are friendly and professional with each other. Even military organisations from countries that many would think never speak hold meetings to agree items like airspace for exercises and provide advanced notice of missile launches.
I am a firm believer in the idea that business travel is a contributing factor toward peace. You don’t go to war with somebody you are selling things to in my view.