Name of City/municipality: Holon

Population: 203 000 inhabitants (2019)

Area: 19.04 m2

Holon is a city on the central coastal strip of Israel, south of Tel Aviv. It is part of the metropolitan Gush Dan area. The city was founded on sand dunes six kilometers from Tel Aviv in 1935.

Name of Mayor: Mr. Moti Sasson

Contact: Mrs. Zoia Azgad zoia@holon.muni.il +972-3-5027309/3-5027442

Website: https://www.holon.muni.il/English/Pages/default.aspx

Main features:

The name of the city comes from the Hebrew word‎ holon, meaning “(little) sand”.

Holon hosts a variety of springtime events, including the Yemay Zemer (Days of Song) Festival during Passover and a Women’s Festival in March, both at the Holon Theater. Holon is also one of the host cities for the Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix Series in March.

Main economic activities:

Trade, High-Tech and industry.

Holon’s industrial zone is one of the biggest in Israel, located in the center’s metropolis. Some 40,000 people make themselves a living here in a wide variety of companies and businesses, ranging from electronics, recording studios and high-tech to plastics and wood products, bakeries, banks and shopping malls. The zone’s infrastructure is in a desperate need of redevelopment and expansion.

Environmental conditions and challenges:

New roads and a new bridge are needed in the municipality as well as a fast connection to the Ayalon Highway. New regulations must protect the environment and public areas have to be cleaned up. The ambition is to transform the industrial zone into a showcase of responsible entrepreneurship.

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