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12 New Skyscrapers Set to Rise in Jerusalem

The capital city’s skyline is going to change beyond recognition after the Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee on Monday approved a plan to build 12 skyscrapers at the city’s entrance. The goal is to turn the area around the Binyanei Hauma convention center and central bus station into the capital’s main business quarter.

The estimated cost of the plan is NIS 8.5 billion. Officials say it will add one million square meters of office space to the city, as well as some 40,000 new jobs.

“We’re creating a business center in the most accessible place. Combined with a large convention center, tourism and cultural diversity, the city’s entrance will become a leading business hub and attract companies, investors and many businesses,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said Monday.

The plan calls for concentrating the various ministries’ district offices in the new center, as well as building 2,000 hotel rooms, high-rise buildings for private offices and a cinema complex. It also calls for expanding Binyanei Hauma.

For more, go to Haaretz.com

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