Tel-Aviv - Israel's economic and social nerve center. It
is among those international cities that never sleep. Whereas so
much throughout Israel is ancient and revered, Tel-Aviv,
founded in 1909, is often characterized as vibrant and fun; it
is in many ways the most Israeli of Israel's cities. Israel's
major high tech industries, her banking centers, stock market,
world renowned diamond bursa, fashion industry and other large
businesses are based in Tel-Aviv.
Established by European immigrants, Tel-Aviv, in spite of
its rush to the next century, still manages to retain some of
the character and charm of Middle-Europe. This is felt in her
leafy, tree-lined boulevards, popular outdoor dining, and
bauhause architecture. Situated on the Mediterranean Ocean,
Tel-Aviv is a port city whose municipal harbor is usually
filled with small boats and fisherman, both commercial and
hobbyists. Her extraordinary boardwalk and beaches are lined
with some of the finest hotel chains in the world. The boardwalk
runs south to the ancient port city of Jaffa known primarily for
its fishing, artists' galleries, and fine restaurants.
North Tel-Aviv is home to Tel-Aviv University, a
major international liberal arts and science institution.
Israel's public Open University and the Diaspora Museum lie
adjacent. North Tel-Aviv is also known for its posh,
up-scale residences and cultural life.
For ethnic flavors, sights and sounds, the city's Yemenite
Quarter and Carmel Market are unsurpassable. There is also a
traditional Flea Market where one finds just about anything for
sale, except, of course, fleas.
Tel-Aviv is culture - world class art museums, theatre
and home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Tel-Aviv
is nightlife - major rock concerts and all-night pubs.
Tel-Aviv is shopping - from London's Marks and Spencer to
Israel's own Gottex. Tel-Aviv is happening....