Located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. It's the holy enclave to 3 major Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Sitting in the Middle East, this city has been fought over for centuries, destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times and captured plus recaptured 44 times. Crumbly old walls define its Old City that has traditionally been divided into 4 quarters, that of the Armenian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim. A World Heritage Site since 1981 and on the list of World Heritage in Danger, it has a swelling population of about 850,000 residents meandering its hallowed alleys or getting creative in coworking venues with other likeminded individuals.
The national government is a major player in Jerusalem's economy generating huge job numbers and offering subsidies and incentives for new business initiatives and startups. A growing number of high tech companies are relocating to Jerusalem and it has been named as one of the 5 emerging tech hubs in the world. It's home to the Har Hotzyim Industrial Park and the Jerusalem Technology Park, plus there are large research and development centres where companies such as Intel, Cisco and IBM, to name a few have headquarters.
It has been suggested that Israel will lose its edge if it can't integrate its Arab minority into the tech industry, as they do make up 21% of its total population, but today is only 3% of its tech workforce. The government is taking steps to remedy the issue and plans to invest US$25.6 million into small and medium-sized Arab businesses.
Israel has already produced a large number of successful tech companies such as the social navigation app "Waze" that sold to Google in 2013 for US$1.15 billion. Jerusalem with its big population is just one more city in Israel that is producing tech savvy souls who hang out in collaborative bliss at coworking venues where they can get support and a likeminded community to play with.
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