The city was founded in 1909 by the Jewish Community of Jaffa on the outskirts of the ancient port city. The growth of Tel Aviv soon outpaced Jaffa, which had a majority Arab population at the time.
Tel Aviv and Jaffa were merged into a single municipality in 1950, two years after the establishment of the State of Israel.
Tel Aviv’s White City
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, comprises the world’s largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings.
Tel Aviv, Known as “The City That Never Sleeps”
Tel Aviv is the fifth-most-visited city in the Middle East & Africa, with 2.5 million international visitors annually. It is renowned for its 24-hour culture, cosmopolitan lifestyle, beaches, bars, restaurants, cafés, parks, shopping, and landmark neighborhoods such as Old Jaffa and Neve Tzedek and many other things to do and to see.
Tel Aviv is an economic hub, home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, corporate offices and research and development centers. It is the country’s financial capital and a major performing arts and business center. Tel Aviv has the second-largest economy in the Middle East, and is the 19th most expensive city in the world.
Tel Aviv has been named by Lonely Planet as the third “hottest city for 2011” (behind only New York City and Tangier), the ninth-best beach city in the world by National Geographic and consistently ranked as one of the top LGBT destinations in the world.