Welcome to Tel Aviv 2019

Welcome to Tel Aviv 2019

Tel Aviv-Yafo, often just referred to as Tel Aviv, is the second largest city of Israel, founded in the early twentieth century just north of the ancient port city of Jaffa (often referred to as Yafo.) Tel Aviv has since combined with Jaffa, and has become the technological, economic, and cultural hub of Israel and their gate to the Mediterranean Sea and to Europe. The metropolitan area of the city accounts for approximately two-fifths of the entirety of Israel’s population.

Originally founded as a separate settlement by and for Jewish immigrants in the early twentieth century, Tel Aviv faced slow growth through its early decades, in strong part due to Ottoman deportation carried out in 1917. When the British took over the region and established Mandatory Palestine, Tel Aviv again saw growth and was the de facto capital of the Jewish people in the region. Through Israel’s founding in 1948 with the partition plan and the short-yet-complex history of the nation, Tel Aviv has stood as a cultural exemplar of the Israeli people.

Tel Aviv, which means the “Ancient Hill of Spring“, was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2003. Tel Aviv also serves as the primary diplomatic hub of Israel, with most foreign embassies being located in the city alongside many governmental offices and ministries of Israel.

The city, as being Israel’s connecting city to the world, is diverse and inclusive. Often described as being youthful and full of energy, the city serves as a major cornerstone city of the Mediterranean and promises to be a rewarding host city for the Eurovision Song Contest.

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