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A Desert Oasis – Not a Mirage – Rising in Be’er Sheva

City Will Soon be Home to Israel’s First Artificial Beach
By: Omer Shachnai
Published: February 27th, 2012 in News » Israel

It’s about time the people of Be’er Sheva, the capital of the Negev and located in the midst of the desert, got some beach time. And, in just six months from now, Be’er Sheva residents will be playing and splashing on an artificial beach, complete with loads of sand, sea shells and fresh water- the first of it’s kind in Israel.

The beach, which will cost $US 3 million and will span over 8 acres filled with attractions. will be located in a very central location- right smack dab in front of City Hall.

The man behind the project is Rovik Danilovich, Be’er Sheva’s Mayor, who wishes to change the city’s reputation as slightly dull and rebrand it as a desert oasis.

The project, which is being described as “an outstanding water attraction in the Israeli landscape”, includes seven different water attractions, including a large lake with a boardwalk next to it. “I am convinced that the beach will become a primary attraction for both the city’s residents and outbound visitors,” said Danilovich. “We are working on some unique activities for the site such as water sports, all while making the city a lively and fun oasis”.

The park will include rest stops, walking paths, fountain shows with special light effects and scenery which will make you feel like you are on an actual beach.

Recently, the city took home the Domus’ (an international architecture magazine) “Decoration Merit” for the ongoing project.

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