Aliyah, Relocation & Living in Haifa - The Worker's City
Hebrew: חיפה - עיר הפועלים - מקום מגורים וקליטת עולים חדשים
Haifa is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in northern Israel. The third largest city in Israel with a population of over 300,000. Whether you have immigrated, planning your immigration or relocation, on vacation or a business trip, the city of Haifa has much to offer.
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Demographics & Layout
Haifa has developed into three tiers, from the lower city downtown to the upper city on the Carmel.
- The first tier is Haifa's oldest neighborhood - Wadi Salib, the Old City center, and the down-town area, near the port. Wadi Salib stretches to the west across to Wadi Nisnas which is the center of Arab life in Haifa today. In the 19th century the German Colony, near the port, was built by the Templars.
- The second tier is nestled above the first tier and forms the Hadar neighborhood - it was constructed in the early 1900’s. The Hadar has 3 distinct districts; Hadar HaCarmel, the commercial district, situated above and around Haifa's Arab neighborhoods and fairly close to the port. Ramat Hadar, is a few streets up of Hadar HaCarmel, Hadar Elyon or Upper Hadar, also a residential area is halfway up Mount Carmel. The Upper Hadar is becoming a popular option for English speakers.
- Beyond this, in the third tier, are the more affluent neighborhoods such as the French Carmel, Merkaz HaCarmel, Romema, Carmeliya, Vardiya, Ramat Golda, Ramat Alon and Denya.
It is said that "Haifa works, Jerusalem prays, and Tel Aviv plays". If you live, are planning on living in Haifa or just visiting, the city is filled with an abundance of scenery, colors, voices, scents and flavors and is sure to offer you many wonderful opportunities.