History And High Tech Attract Meetings And Events To Jerusalem
Global Traveler|October 2019
History and high tech attract meetings and events to Jerusalem.
Ron Bernthal

During its long history, Jerusalem has been attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times and destroyed twice. The oldest part of the city was settled in the fourth millennium B.C., making Jerusalem one of the oldest cities in the world. A city that has stood for at least 3,000 years in the ancient walled area, a sacred site revered by three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Although religious politics seem to dictate almost everything that happens in the city, from municipal infrastructure projects and residential housing developments to security concerns and social interactions, Jerusalem offers MICE planners and business travelers 5-star hotels, state of-the-art meeting venues, delicious Middle Eastern cuisine and profound museums. Add to these a stunning landscape bathed in a light so ethereal it leaves even the most jaded traveler with a life-lasting memory.

In the past decade, a vibrant, high-tech startup environment emerged in Jerusalem and throughout Israel that equals that of any country in the world. Israel boasts more companies listed on the tech-heavy NASDAQ stock exchange than any country outside the United States, except for China. In 2017 Intel purchased one of Israel’s high-tech firms, Mobileye, a leader in software for autonomous driving, for more than $15 billion; and Google bought the Israeli navigation firm Waze a few years before that.

An average of 600 new startups establish businesses every year in Israel, many in Jerusalem, and 307 multinational R&D centers reside in — or within an hour’s drive of — Jerusalem, including sites for Intel, Google, IBM and Apple. According to Startup Genome LLC, which monitors more than 1 million companies across 150 world cities, Jerusalem currently boasts 600–900 startups, averaging about $2.6 billion in total revenue.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM GLOBAL TRAVELERView All

Leisure Pursuits

Global Traveler announces the winners of the 2021 Leisure Lifestyle Awards.

5 mins read
Global Traveler
June 2021

Retro Revival

Discover America’s classic drive-ins, diners and deliciously quirky finds.

5 mins read
Global Traveler
June 2021

Inspired by the Book

Travel in the footsteps of famous authors.

6 mins read
Global Traveler
June 2021

Return Engagements

Start planning now to attend the sporting and cultural events of 2022.

5 mins read
Global Traveler
June 2021

Behind the Scenes

Get a glimpse of the inner workings of luxury hotels.

6 mins read
Global Traveler
June 2021

Pure Indulgence

Linger in luxury at the most exclusive hotel villas and private hideaways.

6 mins read
Global Traveler
June 2021

Thrill Rides

Test your limits with adrenaline-fueled activities around the world.

6 mins read
Global Traveler
June 2021

Celebrate Good Times

Travelers again look to special trips to observe life’s milestones.

7 mins read
Global Traveler
June 2021

Southern Hospitality

Plant Riverside District redefines Savannah’s riverfront.

3 mins read
Global Traveler
April - May 2021

THE BREAKERS PALM BEACH

ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: We arrived at 1 p.m. and were greeted by the valet team, who introduced themselves and took our bags. The front desk team were enthusiastic, and in a short time we were in our beautiful room, where a cold bottle of Champagne and some delicious chocolates greeted us. The bellman supplied some information, and we were ready to sit on the deck and look out at the beach and ocean. The view was expansive and soothing.

1 min read
Global Traveler
April - May 2021
RELATED STORIES

Built by Angels

My mother called to ask if I knew the story of the 11 churches carved from single stones in Ethiopia

5 mins read
Angels on Earth
Jan/Feb 2021

Secrets of the Labyrinth

I WAS AT THE ENTRY OF Battery Park’s Labyrinth of Contemplation in New York City. A winding pathway of rocks and grass stretched out before me. After studying labyrinths for weeks, I wanted to try one. I’d learned that these fantastical, circuitous pathways can act as prayer tools, helping calm the mind and soul. I sure needed that. Beyond this quiet park, the city had been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Though cases were down and things seemed to be improving, I still felt overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. Will I find the spiritual comfort I’m looking for? I wondered. Adjusting my face mask, I took a deep breath and began….

4 mins read
Mysterious Ways
December/January 2021

PENTECOST Reconciles

I know a man whose family moved to the United States from South Korea when he was elementary school age. He has vivid memories of feeling as if something had been torn away; an abrupt disconnection from the culture he loved and the life that made sense to him. He was replanted in a country, neighborhood, and school where everyone spoke a language he had not mastered. He was harassed and mistreated by the other children because he didn’t look like them.

6 mins read
White Wing Messenger
September 2020

CRISTIAN GEELEN

The Middle East through my lens

3 mins read
Lens Magazine
August 2020

Jerusalem's Survival, Sennacharib's Departure and the Kushite Role in 701 BCE: An Examination of Henry Aubin's Rescue of Jerusalem

BOOK REVIEWS

2 mins read
Ancient Egypt
May / June 2021

Biden vows to help 'rebuild' Gaza, insists on two-state solution

WASHINGTON/GAZA CITY (AFP) — President Joe Biden on Friday pledged to help organize efforts to rebuild Gaza and said creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel is the only answer to the conflict.

2 mins read
Manila Bulletin
May 23, 2021

Oh! Jerusalema

Jerusalem has been the scene of violent confrontation between the Jews and the Arabs for 100 years and remains one of the most bitterly contested cities on earth.

1 min read
India Legal
May 24, 2021

UAE, Saudi condemn Israeli plan to evict Palestinians

More than 200 Palestinians hurt in clashes; Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Tunisia and Pakistan condemn Israeli attacks on worshippers in Al Aqsa Mosque; US, EU and Russia urge calm after days of escalating violence.

3 mins read
Gulf Today
May 09, 2021

200 PALESTINIANS INJURED IN CLASHES WITH POLICE AT AL-AQSA

Violence erupted when Israeli police in riot gear deployed in large numbers as Muslim worshippers were holding evening prayers | Cops said six of their personnel were also hurt

4 mins read
The New Indian Express Chennai
May 09, 2021

Wailing Wall e-notes from PH delivered to Israel

Thousands of e-notes for the Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall, from Filipino pilgrims have been sent to Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism said Friday.

1 min read
Manila Bulletin
April 25, 2021