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Located along the flourishing coast of Israel, Hadera has a population of 80,000 and was established in 1891 as a farming colony. It sits on the Israeli Mediterranean Coastal Plain about 30 miles from Tel Aviv. Hadera (which means "green" in Arabic) was built on top of a swampy marshland in the late 1800s.
Hadera has been vital to Israel’s economic strength. It is the home to the nation's first paper mill, Hadera Paper Ltd, established in 1953. The mill primarily serves businesses by packaging, corrugating and recycling paper products into various consumer goods. Hadera also maintains Orot Rabin, Israel’s largest power station, with a total generating capacity of 2,590 megawatts. This power station provides over 60% of Israel's energy. In 2009 Hadera built the world’s largest desalination plant and similar plants will be built over the next few years to meet Israel's growing clean water demands.
Hadera is home to Sharon National Park, 1,500 acres of land off the Mediterranean coast preserved for natural landscape scenery. Nested between Hadera and the equally developed Netanya area, the park is a popular attraction for those wanting to take a break from the more urban areas. Other attractions include The "K'han" Museum, an Ottoman farmstead house built in 1890 that was originally the home of the first settlers of Hadera. It now serves as a cultural center.
The Hadera Water Park is home to the biggest jacuzzi on earth. The park utilizes water from a nearby power plant to create this unique experience. Currently at the park, guest can rent boats, swim and walk along the riverbed. There are also plans to include hiking, horseback riding and camping.
Hadera's most famous son is Gal Firdman, the first Israeli to win an Olympic gold medal. He won the Windsurfing gold medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Things to Do and Sights to See:
Traveling to Hadera is very convenient as the coastal city is located about 35 miles from both Tel Aviv and Haifa. Train is the easiest mode of transportation, but bus and plane are also available.
The "K'han" Museum
: The "K'han" Museum is located on the remains of an Ottoman farmstead from the late 1800s. The museum's indoor and outdoor exhibits narrate 70 years of fascinating Israeli history.
: Caesarea Maritima was a port built by Herod the Great from 25 to 13 BC. Throughout its history, Caesarea remained a capital and important city in various empires, from Rome to Byzantium.
Nahal Hadera Park
: This recently built park lies between the city of Hadera and the sea. It is notable for its beautiful scenery and technological innovation.
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