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RISHON LEZION

 

About Rishon LeZion

Rishon LeZion, is the fourth-largest city in Israel, located along the centralIsraeli coastal plain 8 km (5 mi) south of Tel Aviv. It is part of the Gush Dan metropolitan area. The city had a population of 235,123 at the end of 2012. Founded in 1882 by Jewish immigrants from Russian Ukraine, it was the second Jewish farm settlement established in the former Palestine in the 19th century, after Petah Tikva.

Population293,374

Area: 58.7 km²

Currency

The Israeli Shekel is the currency of Israel and Rishon LeZion.

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Economy

Rishon LeZion’s main industries today are wine, construction, services and commerce. Factories and workshops are located in the old industrial zone, which has become a popular venue for pubs, dance clubs and restaurants. Industry in the city is largely divided into two industrial centers: the old industrial zone in the north of the city and the new industrial zone in the west of the city. The two major malls in Rishon LeZion are Rothschild Center in the old downtown center and Gold Mall (Kenyon HaZahav) in the New West district. Companies such as Coca-Cola, Gazit Globe, Volvo and Fiat are expected to open in the Maayan Sorek area. As part of the city’s 5-year plan to be completely water-independent, construction of a desalination plant is planned for Rishon, which will produce 3.7 million cubic meters of water per year. The city already hosts the large Shafdan recycling plant.

 

 Neighbourhoods

Old city

The old city of Rishon includes the original neighborhoods, some buildings dating back to Rishon’s founding in 1881. This quarter is located in the city center, between and around Herzl and Jabotinsky Streets. It includes the following neighborhoods: Nahalat Yehuda (on the northernmost tip of Rishon); Neve Hillel; Bnot Hayil; Abramovich; Katzenelson; Remez (Giv’at Levinson), on the southwestern tip of old Rishon; Rishonim (Gan Nahum), to the east of Remez.

Shikunei HaMizrah

The Eastern Housing Projects (Hebrew: שיכוני המזרח‎‎ Shikunei HaMizrah) was Rishon’s quick expansion to the east. It is dominated by the housing projects (shikunim) there, in the Shikunei HaMizrah neighborhood itself. The eastern projects stopped developing when they reached the fences of the Tzrifin military base. When and if Tzrifin is sold to private contractors as planned, this quarter is expected to expand significantly with new lucrative housing projects. Other smaller neighborhoods include Revivim, Kidmat Rishon, Ne’urim, Rambam, Neve Hadarim, HaShomer,Kfar Arye, Mishor HaNof and Kiryat Simha.

Old industrial zone

The industrial zones in Rishon LeZion are called Mabat, an abbreviation for Miskhar, Bilui VeTa’asiya (Commerce, Pastime and Industry). The northern zone is the oldest and original industrial zone, once full of light industry and glass factories. Today, it is known for its prolific nightlife.

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West Rishon

West Rishon LeZion is the conglomeration of the new neighborhoods of the city, built in the 1980s and 90s. The west also has higher land value because of its relative proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. It includes the entire city west of Tzahal Road. The quarter includes the new industrial zone (Western Mabat), and a number of residential neighborhoods: Neve Eliyahu (or Ramat Eliyahu), Ne’ot Shikma, Neve Dekalim, Neve Hof (or Pueblo Español), Neve Yam, Kiryat Rishon, Kiryat Cramim, Kiryat Ganim, Ne’ot Ashalim, Kiryat Hatanei Pras Nobel (litNobel Prize Laureates’ Town)

 

Transport

Rishon LeZion can be accessed by road from several major highways. Public transportation includes bus, train and share taxi.

Rail transport

Rishon LeZion HaRishonim Railway Station is located to the south of the city center, in the middle of HaRishonim Interchange, at the intersection of the new Highway 431 and the Rishon LeZion – Ness Ziona road. There are direct trains from the HaRishonim Railway Station to Tel Aviv, Lod, Bnei Brak, Petah Tikva, Rosh HaAyin, Hod HaSharon and Kfar Saba. All stations of Israel Railways can be accessed using the transfer stations at Tel Aviv and Lod. The Rishon LeZion Moshe Dayan Railway Station is in the western part of the city, situated on the new rail line from Tel Aviv to Ashdod via Moshe Dayan station and Yavne (West). While the link north to Tel Aviv is operational, the railway from Moshe Dayan to Yavne is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in 2012 and from Yavne to Ashdod in 2013. There are future long-range plans for some day connecting the Rishonim station with Moshe Dayan station, while constructing a couple of additional railway stations in between them.

Bus transport

The bus companies serving intercity lines in Rishon LeZion are: Egged, Dan, Afikim, Metropoline, and Kavim. Rishon LeZion has an intracity bus network operated by Egged and Dan. Most lines are metropolitan, continuing to Bat Yam, Holon, Tel Aviv and Jaffa. The bus lines are augmented by share taxis operated by Moniyot HaIr.

 

Weather

The climate is warm and temperate in Rishon LeZion. In winter, there is much more rainfall in Rishon LeZion than in summer. This location is classified as Csa by Köppen and Geiger. The average annual temperature is 19.5 °C in Rishon LeZion. About 571 mm of precipitation falls annually.

 

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