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Tel Aviv, Israel’s cosmopolitan coastal city, is the second largest city in Israel. Situated on the Mediterranean coastline, Tel Aviv is the country’s academic and cultural center and economic hub. The city epitomizes a culture that is both ancient and modern in unique and complex ways. Tel Aviv is at once Mediterranean and Middle Eastern, it is a dynamic global city with all the international and cultural influences this status entails.

It is one of the world’s most important and closely-watched global cities, ranking third after Tokyo and Paris as the city with the most news agencies. From their base in Israel, journalists cover the entire Middle East. Tel Aviv has the world’s largest number of bio-tech start-ups per capita, and the second largest (after the US’s Silicon Valley) concentration of high tech firms.

Tel Aviv boasts some of the Mediterranean’s best cultural institutions, restaurants, and recreation. Three of the largest cultural centers in Israel are located in Tel Aviv: the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Diaspora Museum, and the Eretz Israel Museum. There are many world-class museums and galleries,  a vibrant intellectual scene, as well as the site of cutting-edge theater and dance. In addition, opera and classical music performances occur daily.

The architecture of Tel Aviv is quite unique with buildings representing such styles as Ottoman, Levantine, Bauhaus, and Modern. Tel Aviv is a World Heritage site for having the densest concentration of Bauhaus architecture in the world, some 1,500 buildings.

Tel Aviv has a diverse population representing nationalities from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and beyond.