65 Facts About Tel Aviv

1. Tel Aviv is Israel's transportation hub, and the city's Central Bus Station is the largest of its kind in the world.

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2. Tel Aviv has a Mediterranean climate with hot, humid summers, pleasant springs and autumns, and typically cool, wet winters.

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3. Tel Aviv is twinned with 27 cities around the world, including, New York City, Milan, and Gaza City.

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4. Tel Aviv is home to a number of established dance centers and companies including the Batsheva Dance Company, a contemporary dance troupe, Bat Dor, and the Israel Ballet.

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5. Tel Aviv is very accepting of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender-transsexuals and has the best-established LGBT community in the region, respected for its incomparable style, party scene, and excellent bars and clubs.

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6. Tel Aviv has branches of some of the world's leading hotels, among them the Crowne Plaza, Sheraton, Dan, Isrotel and Hilton.

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7. Tel Aviv is home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Israel's only stock exchange, which lists 660 companies, about 60 of which are listed on stock exchanges in other countries.

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8. Tel Aviv was the temporary government center of the State of Israel until the government moved to Jerusalem in December 1949.

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9. Tel Aviv is home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Israel's only stock exchange, which has reached record heights since the 1990s.

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10. The northern side of Tel Aviv is home to Tel Aviv University, Hayarkon Park, and upscale residential neighborhoods such as Ramat Aviv and Afeka.

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11. Tel Aviv is home to Tel Aviv University, the largest university in the country with more than 30,000 students.

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12. Tel Aviv has the third—or fourth-largest economy and the largest economy per capita in the Middle East.

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13. Tel Aviv is the first all-Jewish city in modern times.

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14. Tel Aviv is a good base for exploring the northern and southern Mediterranean coasts.

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15. Tel Aviv was granted township status in 1921 and full municipal status in 1934, with Meir Dizengoff serving as the city's first mayor.

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16. Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 as a Jewish suburb of the mainly Arab Jaffa.

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17. Tel Aviv is an important communications hub: the majority of Israel's newspapers—including Haʾaretz, Maʿariv ("Evening Prayer"), and Yedioth Ahronoth (Yediʿot Ahronot, "Latest News")—and other periodicals are published in the city, and it is the location of most publishing houses, the armed forces broadcasting facilities, and radio and television studios.

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18. Tel Aviv forms the core of Israel's postindustrial, globally oriented economy.

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19. Tel Aviv was late to acknowledge this potential; as a result, much of this development took place in nearby Ramat Gan.

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20. Tel Aviv lacks remarkable natural features and historically was not renowned for its architecture.

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21. Tel Aviv has a typical Mediterranean climate with distinct summer and winter seasons and less distinct intermediate seasons.

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22. Tel Aviv is located on Israel's central coastal plain along about 9 miles of shoreline.

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23. Tel Aviv forms the core of Israel's largest metropolitan area, representing more than two-fifths of Israel's population.

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24. Tel Aviv is headquarters for a number of government ministries, including the Ministry of Defense, as well as other public organizations, such as the Histadrut.

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25. Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 as a Jewish garden suburb of the ancient Mediterranean port of Jaffa, with which it was joined in 1950.

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26. Tel Aviv is centrally located, making it a convenient home base for any exploration of Israel.

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27. Tel Aviv is one of the sushi loving capitals of the world.

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28. Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 by Jews from Jaffa who wished to build a modern suburb.

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29. Tel Aviv is a tourist resort, with hotels and wide beaches.

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30. Tel Aviv is a sprawling metropolis surrounded by suburbs; it was the first city to be established by Jews in the modern era.

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31. Tel Aviv is home to the country's largest sports club, the Maccabi Football Club, which holds more titles than any other in Israel.

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32. Tel Aviv is home to more than 100 sushi restaurants.

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33. Tel Aviv actually began as a suburb of Jaffa, the adjoining city with which it melded in 1950.

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34. Tel Aviv is Israel's transportation hub, and the city's Central Bus Station is the largest of its kind in the world.

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35. Tel Aviv has 44 hotels, with a total of 5,200 rooms.

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36. Tel Aviv has an extremely active club scene that rivals the best in Europe.

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37. Tel Aviv was the principal target of Iraqi missiles during the Persian Gulf War.

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38. Tel Aviv has a Mediterranean climate with hot, humid summers, pleasant springs and autumns, and typically cool, wet winters.

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39. Tel Aviv is twinned with 27 cities around the world, including, New York City, Milan, and Gaza City.

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40. Tel Aviv is home to a number of established dance centers and companies including the Batsheva Dance Company, a contemporary dance troupe, Bat Dor, and the Israel Ballet.

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41. Tel Aviv is very accepting of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender-transsexuals and has the best-established LGBT community in the region, respected for its incomparable style, party scene, and excellent bars and clubs.

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42. Tel Aviv has branches of some of the world's leading hotels, among them the Crowne Plaza, Sheraton, Dan, Isrotel and Hilton.

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43. Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa.

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44. Tel Aviv is the second-largest city in Israel, with a population of 390,100 at the end of 2007.

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45. In 1909, Tel Aviv was first founded and called "Ahuzat Bayit" or Housing Property.

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46. Tel Aviv is ranked to be 10th best to-skateboarding city by Transworld Skateboarding.

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47. Tel Aviv is the only city with three clubs in Israeli Premier League, the country's top football league.

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48. Tel Aviv is famous for its wide variety of world-class restaurants, offering traditional Israeli dishes as well as international fare.

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49. In December 2008, Tel Aviv began putting together a team of gay athletes for the 2009 World Outgames in Copenhagen.

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50. In 2011, Tel Aviv hosted its first Fashion Week since the 1980s, with Italian designer Roberto Cavalli as a guest of honor.

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51. Tel Aviv has become an international center of fashion and design.

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52. The South of Tel Aviv is known for the popular Haoman 17 club, as well as for being the city's main hub of alternative clubbing, with underground venues including established clubs like the Block Club, Comfort 13 and Paradise Garage, as well as various warehouse and loft party venues.

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53. Tel Aviv has branches of some of the world's leading hotels, including the Crowne Plaza, Sheraton, Dan, Isrotel and Hilton.

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54. Tel Aviv is consistently ranked as one of the top LGBT destinations in the world.

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55. Tel Aviv is home to the Batsheva Dance Company, a world-famous contemporary dance troupe.

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56. Tel Aviv is a major center of culture and entertainment.

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57. In 2013, Tel Aviv had more than 700 startup companies and research and development centers, and was ranked the second-most innovative city in the world, behind Medellin and ahead of New York City.

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58. In 2011, Tel Aviv had an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.

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59. The early architecture of Tel Aviv consisted largely of European-style single-story houses with red-tiled roofs.

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60. Tel Aviv is home to different architectural styles that represent influential periods in its history.

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61. Tel Aviv has 544 active synagogues, including historic buildings such as the Great Synagogue, established in the 1930s.

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62. Tel Aviv has a Mediterranean climate, and enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year.

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63. Tel Aviv is located around on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline, in central Israel, the historic land bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa.

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64. Tel Aviv was the temporary government center of the State of Israel until the government moved to Jerusalem in December 1949.

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65. Tel Aviv has the third—or fourth-largest economy and the largest economy per capita in the Middle East.

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