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Western Haifa


Covering 9.76 sq. km. Western Haifa constitutes 15.1% of Haifa's area. The population of 40,260 residents makes up 15.1% of the city's population. This area stretches alongside the Mediterranean Sea bordered by the beaches and the slope of Mount Carmel.  The area's main points of interest are ancient Haifa sites including Tel Shikmona and Elijah's cave; the cable car from Stella Maris to the beach, the sea side promenade and beaches. Neighborhoods include Bat Galim, where the  Rambam Medical Center and medical school are located, Qiryat Eliezer, Qiryat Shprinzak, Ein Hayam , Sha'ar Ha'aliya and Nave David. The southern part of this area, which is the southern outskirts of Haifa, includes the southern transportation depot for buses and trains (Merkazit Hof Hacarmel), MATAM – Science-based Industry Park, the future bio-tech research center, the Haifa Conference Center and shopping and recreation areas. These include the southern beaches (Dado and Zamir), Haifa Mall (Kenyon Haifa), Castra Mall and Art Center, Sportan Country Club, Meridien Hotel and the future stadium and sport center.


Bat-Galim and Qiryat Eliezer have a combined population of 19,430 – forty percent of them are new immigrants. Bat Galim was the first point of Jewish settlement in modern Haifa, established in the 1920's. After the State of Israel was established, housing for demobilized soldiers was built in Qiryat Eliezer, between the years 1951-1954, when long, multiple-entrance, three- to four-story public housing projects were built.


The following public institutions, facilities and sites can be found in these neighborhoods:
* Aliya elementary school
* Dror elementary school
* Yavnieli elementary school
* Shalva elementary school
* Henrietta Szold special education elementary school
* Reut school of arts and Mifal Hapais community center
* Ironi Aleph junior-high and high school
* Arab Orthodox high school
* Mazor technological high school
* Shaham technological high school
* Bat Galim community center
* Public libraries (Bat Galim and Qiryat Eliezer)
* Rambam Medical Center, medical school and nursing school
* Lin Medical Center belonging to Kupat Cholim Clalit
* Magen David Adom emergency medicine and ambulance services center
* Family Health Center (Tipat Halav)
* National Maritime Museum
* Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum
* Elijah's cave
* Stella-Maris cable car - bottom depot
* Bat Galim train station
* Qiryat Eliezer football stadium
* Beaches (Bat Galim and Hachof Hashaket (the silent beach) with separate hours for men and women)
* Maritime Educational Center
* Aba Chushi student dorms (belonging to the Jewish Agency) and new immigrant information center
* Kassel student dorms
* Senior citizens clubs and day center
* Youth centers (Ganim and Ironi Aleph)
* Old Jewish, Templer and British cemeteries
* Unemployment center for professionals 


Hof Shikmona has 20,830 people living within its area - 38.6% of them are new immigrants.
This district includes the following neighborhoods from North to South; Ein Hayam, Qiryat Shprinzak, Sha'ar Ha'aliya and Nave David. Sha'ar Ha'aliya and Nave David were originally established as transit camps for new immigrants (ma'abarot), in the 40's and 50's when Haifa was one of the main points of entry for new immigrants. Later, permanent housing was built and they became part of Haifa's neighborhood network. Qiryat Shprinzak was established between the years 1951-1954 and is also a site of many long, multiple-entrance three- to four-story public housing projects.


The following facilities can be found in this area:
* Ramot elementary school
* Hofit elementary school
* Nirim elementary school
* Ein Hayam elementary school
* Ofer special education elementary school
* Ganigar elementary school for children with special needs
* Almasar special education elementary school
* Ibn Gvirol special education religious junior high school
* Ganigar special education junior high school
* Shuv high school
* Beit Maya center for children at risk
* Beit Fanny Kaplan and Nave David community centers
* Municipal libraries (Nave David and Qiryat Shprinzak)
* Oceanographic Research Center
* Shikmona archeological site
* Nave David youth club
* Senior citizens centers and housing
* Family Health Center (Tipat Halav)
* Ministry of Defense rehabilitation center
* Military rehabilitation center
* Military hospital and clinic


The South Beach area serves as the city's southern gate on the coastal road (Route  2), the Old Road (Route 4) and by railway. The area is one of Haifa's main transportation hubs, connecting the south and the center of the country with the Carmel/Ahuza ridge area and the rest of Haifa. The existing MATAM Science-based Industry Park, housing many international companies, is under expansion. There are plans for a new biotech research center as well as Haifa's new international stadium and new housing and hotel projects in this area. The Carmel tunnel, connecting this district with the Grand Canyon/Nave Sha'anan area and the Northern Check Post vicinity, is also under construction. Currently the following can be found in this district:
* Public beaches (Carmel, Zamir, Dado and Southern beach)
* Le Meridien Hotel
* MATAM Science-based Industry Park
* Kanyon Haifa mall
* Castra mall
* Congress center
* Hof  Hacarmel train station
* Merkazit  Hof Hacarmel bus depot
* Youth Hostel
* Sportan Country Club
* Tennis, bowls and soccer courts
* Military garages and workshops
* Cable Television Center
* Israel Electric Company main offices
* Cemeteries