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New Tourism Projects
Planned for Israel

These are a few Tourism Projects planned for Israel. We are approaching the number of 4 million tourists a year, a number we could just dream about when I was in Miami sending tourists to my country.

The Ministry of Tourism is working very hard to increase these numbers and here are a few new tourism projects for the next coming years.

The fast train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

The fast train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

I remember, when 60 years ago took us more than two hours to get from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv using the narrow road of those years. Then with the opening of Route # 1 it came down to an hour or less.

Now, as soon they finish the project of the Fast Train, brand new double-decker trains will do the 60 km distance in 30 minutes. For me, it looks like a dream come true.

The fast rail will service Ben-Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv’s four railway stations and a transportation hub alongside Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station and light rail.

When it’s done it will travel in each direction every hour, each accommodating about 1,000 passengers.

Cable car in Jerusalem

Cable car in Jerusalem

Most tourists of all faiths visit Jerusalem’s Holy Sites when they visit Israel/ It is know to all that visiting Jerusalem Old City with its narrow alleys is difficult especially for those with mobility issues.

The Ministry of Tourism came with a plan of building a cable car, that will open in 2021 that “Will change the face of Jerusalem, offering tourists and visitors easy and comfortable access to the Western Wall, and will serve as an outstanding tourism attraction in its own right.”

With a cost of $56 million the cable car will link the city to the Western Wall with stops along the way at the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and City of David. An estimated 3,000 people could be transported hourly in each direction.

Village of Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam site of the new Bedouin Boutique Hotel

Village of Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam site of the new Bedouin Boutique Hotel

In the near future there will be a new option in Bedouin tourism experiences in Israel: the world’s first hotel in a Bedouin village.

The 120-room, 4-star hotel will be built at the foot of Mount Tabor in the village of Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam.

The Ministry of Tourism has approved a budget to establish a tourism infrastructure in the village, which is strategically located near Christian holy sites, the Gospel Trail and the Israel Trail.

According to Shibli Regional Council Director Na’im Shibli, the hotel will be “based on Bedouin culture, featuring Bedouin hospitality and healthy natural Bedouin cuisine from the Galilee. This will be a luxury hotel unlike any other in Israel, which will give an economic boost to the village and the entire region.”

Tourism Projects

Jewish Theme Park in Dimona

Jewish Theme Park in Dimona

Designed by ITEC Entertainment of Florida, which designs theme parks internationally, it is being built in Dimona, in the Negev Desert close to the Dead Sea.

The $400 million tourist destination 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.

It is projected to open in 2023 with hotels and other amenities nearby.

Crusader Wall Promenade in Caesarea

Crusader Wall Promenade in Caesarea

This newly opened tourist attraction at Caesarea Harbor National Park, involved the preservation and renovation of the Roman-era beach promenade, walls, fortifications and towers as well as the Crusader market.

Funded by the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation, the Crusader Wall Promenade is part of a larger tourism initiative in the 2,000-year-old port city, which boasts many archaeological ruins and attracts half a million visitors every year.

Ecological Beach in Eilat

Ecological Beach in Eilat

Located near the Dolphin Reef, this is a 200-meter-long stretch of shoreline on the Gulf of Eilat developed as an ecological beach and environmental education center.

An old pier at the site, formerly used for transporting oil, will be renovated as an environmental tourist attraction, complete with a marine garden, wind chimes and natural climbing structures.

Eilat’s coastline features a marine reserve with amazing coral reefs.

Ramon Airport near Eilat

Ramon Airport near Eilat

It is located about 18 km north of Eilat, Israel’s Riviera on the Red Sea and premier tourist destination.

The new 34,000-square-meter international airport will replace the downtown Eilat Airport and also the Ovda Airport located about 60 km north of Eilat.

It is expected that the new airport, programmed to open in early 2019, will lead to even greater numbers of domestic and foreign tourists.

For more information visit Israel Tourism Official Website

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