It is the third largest city in the Negev with an approximate population of 35,000 inhabitants.
Dimona as a Development Town
This is one of many development towns created in the early 1950s with the Birth of Israel by then Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. It was conceived in 1953 and the location was chosen because its closeness to the Dead Sea Works. It was finally inaugurated in 1955 with the first residents being the new immigrants from North Africa. Its population in 1955 was 300 people.
In the early 1960s immigrants from Eastern Europe arrived and an important textile factory was opened. By 1961 its population raised to 5,000. By 1971 it reached 24,000.
Hashahar new neighborhood in Dimona Israel
When Israel “Secret” Nuclear Program started in 1958, a location not far from the city was chosen due to its isolation in the Negev Desert and also the availability of housing. Today Dimona is widely being identified with the Israeli Nuclear Program.
In spite of some decrease in population during the 1980s, it picked up again in th 1990s with the massive immigration of “Olim” from the previous Soviet Republics.
Currently is, s mentioned above, the third largest city in the Negev with a population of 35,000, and the it is expected to triple its population by 2025.
Mamshit Archaeological Site near Dimona
Mamshit is now one of Israel National Parks and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a Nabatean city historically known as the place where Arabian horses were bred and raised. It is the smallest of the Negev’s Nabatean cities, but many consider it the best restored.
On your visit you’ll see the finely restored streets, terraces and courtyards. As well as rooms of stone with amazing arch ceiling support.
Mamshit Fair during Rosh Hashana and Passover
If you are traveling during Rosh Hashana or Passover weeks, you’ll be able to attend the fair in Mamshit for this “one week” event only.
There are vendors selling spices, old coins, hats, copper ware, olives, and various Bedouin crafts. You may also see glass blowers, fortune tellers, and of course palm readers.
Bring the children for face painting, clowns, and storytelling as well. Although it may be crowded during the Jewish Holidays, it is worth the visit.
Soon to be opened a Jewish Theme Park in Dimona
Projected for opening in 2023, a new Them park based on Biblical stories is going to be open in Dimona. With an estimated cost of $400 million it will include five “worlds,” each with four or five rides: Oasis, World of Spirits, World of the Jewish Nation, World of Society and World of Time.
Map showing the location of Dimona
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