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History of the World, Part 1.
While Israel has more history that
you can ever review in even a two-
week historical tour holiday, this
small country of technological and
medical invention and
entrepreneurial spirit s well-suited
as a business destination. While
the typical middle-eastern “ah,
leave it ‘til tomorrow’ attitude still
prevails, it is very much a cultural
melting-pot and can-do society.
Business accommodation and
meeting spaces, transportation
and support technology is second-to-none, and most business visitors remain on a few days to imbibe
the biblical history of this surprisingly small marvel. Perhaps the most magical of all is a visit to the Dead
Sea (the lowest point on earth) for a “sit” in the salty waters or to see sunrise over the ancient Mesada.
And a visit to the cultural melting-pot that is the old city of Jerusalem, is an absolute must.
As the gateway to Israel, Tel Aviv is a very Western and culturally vibrant city. It’s not too large, with
everything you need within easy reach of the city centre, and the standard of service is high, with a great
range of accommodation and restaurants coupled with a warm climate.
There is a large group of great hotels in the city centre area of the White City and along the coast on
Hayarkon Street. In general, all stars of hotels are available, value, budget, boutique, luxury and giant
conference. English is very widely spoken, and if not fluent most people (and those working in hotels or
restaurants, whether Israeli or Arab) will speak English to at least some extent. The standard of service is
that you would expect in any major
Worth remembering is that Tel Aviv is
considered second in importance only
to Silicon Valley. Firms located in the city
and wider include major Research and
Development facilities for multi-national
firms such as Apple, Google, IBM, Intel,
Microsoft, and, head offices or major
facilities for Israeli firms such as
Amdocs, CheckPoint, Comverse, Ness,
NICE Systems and Teva
Pharmaceuticals, as well as offices for
smaller Israeli start-ups.
If you plan traveling onwards to Arab countries in addition to Israel, you need to be aware that certain
Arab countries will deny you entry if they see an Israeli passport control stamp in your passport.
Therefore, to avoid unnecessary problems, simply ask passport control to stamp a blank piece of paper
for you and insert it into your passport when needed and remove it when needed to make your travel
flow more smoothly.
Also worth remembering is that
that the work week in Israel, unlike
many other countries, is Sunday
through to Friday lunchtime. Many
businesses close early (generally
around 2pm) to welcome in the
Sabbath, and remain closed until
after sundown on Saturday night.
This can also affect public
And another pointer is that Israelis
are not quite as punctual when it
comes to starting meetings as their international counterparts, nor are they as formal in their dress.
On the relaxation after conference front, joining a Jerusalem, Dead Sea and Bethlehem tour is the
perfect way to see all these sites in one day. The tour conveniently starts from Tel Aviv daily, includes all
transportation and guiding, along with entrance fee to a beach at the Dead Sea. Another perfect
excursion to take you far away from your desk and business meetings is a trip to nearby Petra in Jordan.
Shopping and the markets in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is also a good experience.
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