The City of Tel Aviv
A capital of industry, innovation and youth culture where sunny beaches and the national high-tech hub are within walking distance of each other
Tel Aviv was established in 1909, by a group of Jewish families from Jaffa, a port city which has been inhabited for over seven thousand years. Tel Aviv originally began where Jaffa ended, however in 1950 the two cities were united into a single municipal entity. Tel Aviv-Jaffa is now Israel's cultural as well as financial center, a mix of antiquity and innovation, and the center of Israel's high-tech industry and youth culture.
Capital of Industry
Tel Aviv is the center of Israeli industry and commerce. Israel's only stock exchange as well as nearly 40% of the country's finance and banking industry is located in Tel Aviv.
High-tech is Israel's number one industry and has been the engine of Israel's rapid economic development over the last decades, even in the face of a global economic crisis. Israel has the largest number of startup firms per capita of any country and the second largest concentration of high-tech companies (after Silicon Valley). As a city that encourages innovation and creativity, Tel Aviv is the heart Israel's high-tech and information-based industries, home to most of the country's startup companies.
In 2010 and 2011 Lonely Planet magazine ranked Tel Aviv third on its list of Top Ten Cities to Visit, calling it "a truly diverse 21stcentury Mediterranean hub" and "by far the most international city in Israel." In 2012 MasterCard reported Tel Aviv was the fifth most visited destination in all of Africa and the Middle East. Thanks to its 14-kilometer-long beach strip, In 2010 National Geographic magazine included Tel Aviv on its list of "World's 10 Best Beach Cities," along with Barcelona and Rio de Janiero.
Unique in its status as a major center of industry as well as a hub of youth culture, Tel Aviv is located on the Mediterranean coast and enjoys, on average, 318 sunny days a year. The city's public beaches are meticulously maintained and are open to visitors year-round, encouraging everything from laid back sunbathing on the sand to sporting activities such as wind surfing – a sport in which Israel won its first Olympic gold medal in 2004.
City of Youth Culture
Tel Aviv has the largest concentration of night clubs and restaurants in Israel, despite being the country's second most populous city. Nightlife thrives in Tel Aviv due to the city's high percentage of residents between the ages of 18 and 34. Some are students at Tel Aviv University, some are young entrepreneurs, many are artists come to experience Israel's most vibrant city.
One way or another, Tel Aviv has the highest percentage of young people of any city in Israel, and the city's infrastructure (with green, eco-friendly bikes available for rent across the city), culture and atmosphere reflect this.
Tel Aviv University is proud to be part of a city that houses Israel's only stock exchange as well as its most beautiful beaches, all within walking distance of some of the best art galleries, restaurants and nightclubs in the Middle East.