THE DEAD SEA AREA
Only 60 minutes from Jerusalem or 90 minutes from Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea shore offers the visitor an encounter with primeval nature, deserts, eternal summer, natural phenomena and spectacular landscapes. This is an opportunity to visit the Syrian-African Rift 400m. below sea level, and to bathe in the lowest and saltiest sea on earth, in water that keeps you afloat. The Dead Sea attracts vacationers from around the world who come to enjoy the thermo-mineral springs, the sea water, the bromine-saturated air that induces an elevated mood, and the famous black mud, the result of the accumulation of millions of years of mineral sediments and organic substances on the sea bed. Extracted from special deposits for use in the cosmetics industry, the mud is also invigorating and relaxing, relieving rheumatic pains and backache.
The Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, got its name because virtually nothing lives
in it, due to its 30% concentration of salts and minerals, which accounts for the buoyancy of the water. Some of these minerals are brought by springs from deep within the earth. The water maintains its heat even as it rises to the surface and flows into the Dead Sea, the Mazor hot springs at Ein Gedi and Zohar hot springs at Sodom. The Dead Sea is fed by the Jordan River, and also by fresh-water springs in the vicinity and by runoff from watersheds. Skin disorders are treated primarily by programmed exposure to the sun. The greater distance that the sun’s rays have to travel, enhanced by a layer of vapor created by evaporation, filters them, thus modifying the harmful ultraviolet portion. This permits longer periods of exposure to the sun ‘s healing rays. Health treatments are provided both in public facilities and in the hotels which also have indoor swimming pools filled with Dead Sea water, and physical fitness clubs.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Arad is situated on a mountain ridge about 25 minutes drive from the Dead Sea and
35 minutes from Masada. The city lies on the edge of the Judean Desert between the Judean Hills to the west and the Dead Sea to the east on the northern boundary of the Negev. This is an area full of attractions for tourists. Susiya and Tel Arad for those interested in archaeology, the Hahe’etkim Cliff and the Salt Mountain in Sodom for those interested in geology, lush oases, tropical vegetation and rare animals such as leopards and ibexes for nature lovers.
ARAD VISITORS CENTER
Model of the Judean Desert, display of Tel Arad archaeological finds and a Sound and Light Show. Open Sun. - Thurs., Sat. & holidays 9 am – 5 pm, Fri. & holiday eves 9 am - 2 .30 pm. Entrance fee. 28 Ben Yair St., Commercial Center, Arad. Tel. 07-9954409, Fax 07-9955866
ATRAKTZIA - KALIA BEACH
Water amusement park, sweet-water pools, water slides and aquatic sports, beach and changing facilities. Tel. 02-9942391, Fax 02-9942390
BElT HASOFER - ALMOG
Replicas of the Dead Sea scrolls, Sound and Light show: “9000 Years of Settlement in the Northern Dead Sea Region’ and Dead Sea Scrolls.” Open all week 8 am – 8 pm. Tel. 02-9945201 Fax 02-9942447
EIN GEDI NATURE RESERVE
A desert oasis located between Nahal David in the north and Nahal Arugot in the south, both perennial streams which have cut through the stone, forming deep canyons. The reserve abounds with waterfalls, pools, flora and fauna, historical sites. Tel. 0 7-6584285, Fax 07-6584517
EINOT ZUKIM (EIN FESHHA)
Nature reserve, water pools and streams, bathing beach, excursions.
MASADA NATIONAL PARK
The major historical/archaeological site in the area - Herod’s mountain fortress. Ascent and descent by cable car, Snake Path or Roman battery ramp. Restaurant, snack bars, souvenir shops.
Tel. 07-6584207, Fax 07-6584464
MASADA SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW
A unique show in its vivid portrayal of the life, struggle and heroism of the people of Masada, some 1900 years ago. Mar. - end of Oct., every Times, and Thurs. Tel. 07-9959333
QUMRAN NATIONAL PARK
Site of ancient Essene settlement. Nearby in the Qumran Canyon are the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Cafeteria and souvenir shop. Tel. 02-9942235
· Dead Sea Tourist Information Office Tel. 07-6594408, Fax 07-6584527
· Arad Tourist Information Qffice Tel. 07-9959333, Fax 07-9955052
· Arad Visitors Center Tel. 07-9954409, Fax 07-9955866
· Ein Gedi Field School Tel. 07-6584350, Fax 07-6584257
· Ein Gedi Nature ReserveTel. 07-6584285, Fax 07-6584517
· Ein Gedi Touring & Events Center Tel. 07-6594 726, Fax 07-6584125