Ramla

Name Of City/Municipality

RAMLA

Region-District

Ramla is a district town located in the center of Israel, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Ramla is the capital of Israel’s central region, housing the regional government offices.

Population

The city’s population of 75,000 is a mix of 87% Jews, and 23% Arabs, both Muslims and Christians. The Jewish population includes over 23,500 new immigrants, of which 14,000 came from the former Soviet Union and 4,000 from Ethiopia. The population of Ramla is ranked at level 4 on the Central Bureau of Statistics socio-economic scale (out of 10, 1 being the lowest level). An average family is comprised of 4 people, 0.6 higher than the national average of 3.4. The average salary is $1,875, approximately 30% lower than the national average.

Area

12,000 km2

Name Of Mayor

Mr. Yoel Lavi

Contact

Yoel@ramla.muni.il - Mayor
Ofert@ramla.muni.il - Director General
Sharone@ramla.muni.il - Environment Department
Amirw@ramla.muni.il - Strategic Planning and Absorption of Immigrant

Website

ramla.muni.il

Main Features: Cultural Or Historic Status / Tourism Attractions / Natural Sites

Ramla was founded in the 8th century A.D. (716-718). The only city in Israel built by Muslims. In Ramla there are many historical sites, including the White Tower, which was a candidate for UNESCO world heritage. There are four large churches, impressive and important and Grand Mosque. There is a colorful more than a 100 years old market, which attracts people from all over the country. The city is the center of the Jewish Karaite community. The British Military Cemetery in Ramla is the largest British burial places that were established in Israel after World War I. Tens of thousands of tourists, mostly local, visit Ramla each year.

Main Economic Activities (Industrial, Agriculture)

2 industrial areas that includes metal factories, food factories, commercial zones and more. The main factory is "Nesher" - Cement factory. Planned Industrial Zone Ramla, Gezer and Hevel Modi’in Regional Councils: industrial, commercial, office space, warehouses, hi-tech and more. Ramla’s area is 800 dunams out of 3,112 dunams.

Sustainable Development Challenges

Waste management: Increase recycle rate (28% today), specially of the organic sector. The construction of bike paths.

Energy Conditions / Challenges

Challenges: Reduce energy consumption in Street Signage, Traffic Lights, Public Institutions and Educational Facilities. Use solar energy and Photovoltaic Cells on Public Structures.