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Welcome to Israel

Israel

Capital: Jerusalem

Calling Code: +972

Population: 8,192,463

Time Zone: UTC +2

Drives on the: Right

Currency: New Shekel

Official language: Hebrew and Arabic

 

Despite the turmoil, Israel still attracts visitors to its historic and unique attractions; many of whom have been around during the times of the Bible and Quran. Due to its history many tourists visit Israel to explore its religious sites, archaeological treasures and spectacular natural wonders. 

Being a holy land to Jews, Christians and Muslims; beautiful bell towers, striking minarets and golden domes dominate the skylines of major cities like Jerusalem. Tel Aviv on the other hand is the commercial and political heart of the country and here you can find art galleries, excellent restaurants, nice beaches and vibrant nightclubs. Whether you are here on a religious prigrimage or here as a free thinker, Israel has so many things for you to discover and explore. 

 

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

The Dead Sea

Containing more minerals and salt that make it saltier than the ocean, this unique body of water is also the Earth's lowest elevation. The mineral concentrations in the dead sea has made it possible for swimmers to stay afloat while swimming. The brown mud at the Dead Sea is also believed to have healing effects on some ailments - so much for a natural wonder.

Nazareth

Known to be the birth place of Jesus, the city attracts scores of pilgrims from around the world. Visitors will be fascinated by the number of mosques and churches that line the streets of Nazareth and there's also a busy souk where you can get lots to buy. The grand Basilica of Annunciation is one of the most interesting places to visit, its believed to be the site of Angel Gabriels annunciation of Jesus Christ.

Sea of Galilee

This famous sea is one of the most popular tourists sites for visitors. Its is a large lake in the picturesque area of Jezeel valley and you will get to hear about Jesus' stories and miracles at the churches which line the shores of the beautiful sea.

Jerusalem's Old City

The Old City of Jerusalem has some of the world's most historically significant buildings in the world. Buildings like the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jewish Western Wall and Islamic Dome of the Rock are some of the attractions you should explore while not forgetting to visit the bustling markets.

Business

The business etiquete in Israel is more of an informal approach as opposed to a formal one. Israeli business men are known to be direct in their business dealings while the form of dressing to a business meeting can be smart casual.

The main exports include - High-tech equipment, computer software, cut diamonds, chemical, textiles and agricultural products.

The main imports include - Military equipments, raw materials, rough diamonds, fuel and grain. 

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with three round pins are standard; many European two-pin plugs fit the sockets.

Language

Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages, although English is widely spoken among Israelis.

Money

The official currency is the New Shekel, ATMs are widely available while credit/debit cards are widely accepted. 

Time

UTC +2

Tipping

It is customary to tip 12-15% in restaurants and cafés. Tipping in bars is appreciated but not expected, and it is the norm to round up to the nearest shekel in taxis

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