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Haifa, its district and metropolitan area's location within Israel

Haifa (חֵיפָה; حَيْفَا) is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 264,900.

Haifa has a mixed population of Jews and Arabs. It is also home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is built on the slopes of the majestic Mount Carmel and along the beautiful Mediterranean beaches of the Haifa Bay. It has a history dating back to Biblical times (The earliest known settlement in the vicinity was a small port city established in the Late Bronze Age (14th century BCE)).

In the year 2011, Haifa will celebrate its jubilee - 250 years since the establishment of the new city. In 1761 Dhaher al-Omar, Bedouin ruler of Acre and the Galilee, destroyed the old city of Haifa and rebuilt the town in a new location, surrounding it with a wall. This event is marked as the beginning of the town's modern era.

Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline. It is located about 90 km north of Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel. Two respected academic institutions, the University of Haifa and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, are located in Haifa,

The city hosts dozens of cultural and artistic festivals every year, festivals which celebrates the diversity of the city's inhabitants and the peaceful coexistence between the members of the various religions who live in it. The proposed venue is the Haifa Auditorium which has been hosting the Haifa International Film Festival for the past 26 years.

The wonderful Mediterranean coasts - which are among the best in Israel, and its proximity to various religious, cultural and historical sites make the city a center of tourism in the north of Israel.

Our Vision[edit]

We believe that there are two main principles that underline the purpose of Wikimania, namely offering a bird's-eye view on Wikimedia projects and the "Wiki phenomenon", and reaching out to people, especially those outside the North American and European "center" of the Wikimedia movement.

Wikimania is a unique opportunity for the Wikimedian community to comprehensively review all aspects related to the Wikimedia projects. It allows Wikipedians and other Wikimedians to step outside the daily routine, learn about the overall concept of Wikimedia, understand how it influences and is being influenced by society, and how it relates to other projects and ideas. The conference allows the attendees to exchange opinions and insights, and exposes them to the work and thinking beyond the projects themselves. We see the conference as an event that is at the same time educational, promotional, and social; our planning aims to support all of these aspects and purposes.

Haifa is a multicultural and multilingual city in which people from all around the world can feel at home. Beyond just feeling great, it provides and promotes an atmosphere that well suits the international and inter-cultural aspect of the Wikimedia movement and encourages productive, fruitful discussions.

Israeli scholars have been in the fore-front of research about the influence of the Internet, "Wiki culture", collaborative work and crowdsourcing on 21st century culture. Many Israeli researchers flew across the world to attend previous Wikimanias. This is a chance to meet these leading researchers in their homebase, and see recent fruits of their work. The "Matam" high-tech center and Haifa University with its large research center on Internet and the Information-Age Society are just around the corner of the proposed Wikimania venue.

Israel is the center of the Hebrew-speaking community but it is also home to other linguistic communities, most particularly Arabic- and Russian-speaking. Haifa is the base of the Israeli Arabic Language Academy and of Arabic publishing houses. We plan Wikimania as an outreach event aiming at increasing the number of Wikimedians and free content adherents among Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian speakers and communities.

Haifa is also easily accessible to the Palestinian community, which is often left out of conferences such as Wikimania due to special difficulties. This community has a high rate of Internet usage but little first-hand acquaintance with Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

To increase awareness to this opportunity, we have secured sponsors for a large promotional budget (which will enable signs and large banners to be placed around the city of Haifa), and publications in various media outlets and in various languages.

Based on criticism we have read about some previous Wikimania events, we seek to strengthen the social ties and increase cooperation between wikipedians and wikimedians from around the world. In order to facilitate better social connections between the attendees, we have arranged that most meals will be buffet style, served in the venue's garden, allowing socializing throughout the event (without hindering the lecture periods). The dinners will take the form of a cocktail party on the first day, and an early arrivals cocktail party the day before enabling attendees to get to know each other from the beginning of the conference. There is also a beach party at the end. We have arranged for a 24 hour lounge, to enable socializing into the night.

We believe the city of Haifa is ideal for the advancement of the said goal, as it has wonderful weather in the afternoon and night enabling outside garden and beach parties (in the hot mornings - it is best to remain inside the air conditioned conference halls). The proximity of the city to various religious and historical sites lets us provide tours to the site. We see these tours as part of the social bonding activities offered to participants, allowing them to "adventure" together.


About Haifa[edit]

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Panorama of Haifa at sunrise

Haifa is situated on the Israeli Mediterranean Coastal Plain, the historic "via Maris" - the ancient road between Europe, Africa, and Asia. The city is split over three tiers: The lowest is the center of commerce and industry including the Port. The middle level is on the slopes of Mount Carmel and consists of older residential neighborhoods, while the upper level consists of modern neighborhoods looking over the lower tiers. From here views can be across the Western Galilee region of Israel towards Rosh HaNikra and even Mount Hermon.


Haifa has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cool rainy winters. The average temperature in summer is 26 °C. Humidity tends to be high all year round, and rain usually occurs between October and April.

Weather data from
Month July August
Mean temperature - maximum 31.1°C (87.98°F) 31.4°C (88.52°F)
Mean number of days with max temp > 30 deg C (86 F) 23.7 26.2
Mean temperature - minimum 23°C (73.4°F) 23.6°C (74.48°F)
Mean number of days with min temp < 5 deg C 0 0
Mean total precipitation 0 mm 0 mm
Mean days with rainfall 0 0

Brief History[edit]

Haifa has been controlled by several civilizations, including the Canaanites, Israelites, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, the Mamluks, the Ottoman Turks and the British.

The city is first mentioned in Talmudic literature around the 3rd century CE, as a small fishing village and the home of Rabbi Avdimos and other Jewish scholars. Under Byzantine rule, Haifa continued to flourish, although never grew to great importance due to its proximity to Acre.

The Byzantine ruled the settlement until the 7th century, when the city was conquered – first by the Persians, and then by the Arabs. In 1100, it was conquered again by the crusaders, after a fierce battle with its Jewish and Muslim inhabitants. Under crusader rule, the city was a part of the Principality of Galilee until the Muslim Mameluks captured it in 1265.

The Carmelite order was founded at, and named after, Mount Carmel, in the 12th century.

In 1761 Dhaher al-Omar, the Bedouin ruler of Acre and Galilee, rebuilt the town in a new location, surrounding it with a wall. This event is marked as the beginning of the town's modern era. After El-Omar's death in 1775, the town remained under Ottoman rule until 1918, except for two brief periods: in 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Haifa as part of his unsuccessful campaign, but withdrew in the same year; between 1831 and 1840, the Egyptian viceroy Mehemet Ali governed, after his son Ibrahim Pasha wrested control from the Ottomans.

The arrival of the German Templers in 1868, who settled in what is now known as the German Colony of Haifa, was a turning point in Haifa's development. It was in the late 19th century that the area rose to importance in the Bahá'í Faith as the remains of the Báb were moved in 1909 to Haifa.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Haifa had emerged as an industrial port city and growing population center.

Panorama of Haifa. View from Mt. Carmel

Culture, Tourism and Leisure[edit]

Haifa has 13 hotels with a total of 1,462 rooms. The city is a coast city with 17 kilometers of beaches.

Haifa's main tourist attraction is the Bahá'í World Centre, with the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb and the surrounding gardens. Between 2005 and 2006, 86,037 visited the shrine. The restored German Colony, founded by the Templers, the Stella Maris Monastery and Elijah's Cave also draw many tourists.

Located in the Haifa district are the Ein Hod artists' colony, where over 90 artists and craftsmen have studios and exhibitions, the Mount Carmel national park, with caves where Neanderthal and early Homo Sapiens remains were found. Also nearby are the Druze villages where a majority of the Druze population in Israel is located.

Despite its image as a port and industrial city, Haifa is the cultural hub of northern Israel. The Haifa Cinematheque, founded in 1975, hosts the annual Haifa International Film Festival during the intermediate days of the Sukkot holiday.

The most popular museum is the Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space, which recorded almost 150,000 visitors in 2004. The museum is located in the historic Technion building in the Hadar neighborhood. The Haifa Museum of Art houses a collection of modern and classical art, as well as displays on the history of Haifa. The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art is the only museum in the Middle East dedicated solely to Japanese art.

Other museums in Haifa include the Museum of Prehistory, the National Maritime Museum, the Hecht Museum, the Dagon Archeological Museum, the Railway Museum, the Clandestine Immigration and Navy Museum, the Oil Industry Museum, and the Mane Katz Museum.

About Israel[edit]

Israel (officially the State of Israel) is a country in Western Asia located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, and Egypt on the southwest, and contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area.

Israel has a population of about 7.5 million people, of whom approximately 5.7 million are Jewish. The largest ethnic minority group is the segment denominated as Arabs, while minority religious groups include Muslims, Christians, Druze, Samaritans, most of whom are found within the Arab segment.

Israel approximately 20,770 square kilometers (8,019 sq mi) in area, of which two percent is water.

Despite its small size, Israel is home to a variety of geographic features, from the Negev desert in the south to the mountain ranges of the Galilee, Carmel, and the Golan in the north. The Coastal Plain on the shores of the Mediterranean is home to seventy percent of the nation's population. East of the central highlands lies the Jordan Rift Valley, which forms a small part of the 6,500-kilometer (4,040-mi) Great Rift Valley. The Jordan River runs along the Jordan Rift Valley, from Mount Hermon through the Hulah Valley and the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the Earth.


The Haifa Auditorium Complex. View from the garden. On the left is Rapaport Hall, in the centre - the Auditorium, and on the right - the Hecht Building
Floor sketch

The Haifa Auditorium has been the annual host of the Haifa International Film Festival for the past 26 years, and the nearby Hecht building and Auditorium complex has hosted numerous conventions and events. The Auditorium has three large lecture halls, and the Hecht Building has seven smaller halls.

The Hecht building is a renovated historic building originally built as a hotel by the Templers during the late 19th century.

Nearby is the Carmel Center shopping and leisure district, which has several hotels of all values. The Carmelit (Haifa's metro) has a station nearby, making access simple and easy.

Student dorms of the Port College and the Haifa University are located near the Carmelit stations, enabling visitors who stay at the dorms to reach the Auditorium with great ease.

Provided for Wikimania's use, will be:

  • The Main auditorium will be used for the opening event and Wiki Academy - seating 1,139 which may be extended to 1,453 (theatre style)
  • The Rapaport Auditorium - seating 450 (theatre style)
  • The Haifa Cinematheque - seating 160 (theatre style)
  • The Hecht House:
The Hech House contains:
  • 1 room of 120 seats (class room style)
  • 3 rooms of 60 seats (class room style)
  • 3 rooms of 30 seats (class room style)
  • Meeting room for VIP Guests and press room
  • The Center's garden and foyer for opening welcome cocktail and lunches.
  • Lounge open 24 hours
  • Reception area for exhibition - which can hold 500
    • All rooms set up for presentation (and simultaneous translation) and taping of the proceeding (with possible simultaneous webcast)
    • All rooms are air conditioned.

The Auditorium has facilities for check-in (receiving the delegates packs) and on-site guidance, and provides all security services.

On-site is a small shopping mall where restaurants and supplies can be found.

The Auditorium is located at the heart of the Carmel Center shopping and leisure district, in which there are cinemas, dozens of coffee shops and restaurants and many pubs, some of which are open 24 hours.

The entire site allows easy access to mobility-reduced participants, as well as aids to persons with limited visibility.

The entire site will remain available throughout the evening and nights (complete 24hr access) for socialization and meetings; one of the two lounges will provide snacks throughout the day and night as well as coffee, tea, water. Both lounges will have WiFi, and in one of them electronic screens will show the schedule of the events as well as twitter updates from the various lectures. One of the lounges will only be open to the participants of the conference, ensuring the safeguarding of valuables therein. An attendant will be located at the entrance to the Hecht building ensuring that only conference members will enter the building.

The Reception center's garden and exhibition area will also be open for the participants throughout the conference. Both lounges and the garden (which will have garden furniture) will provide the participants with places to relax and to socialize.

Should it be decided that the conference schedule be extended by several days, the venue will be available.

A buffet lunch will be served at the Auditorium Garden. All food will be Kosher. We take into account attendance of at least 500, of which 150 will be vegetarian.


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Location of hotels in the vicinity of the venue

We have received the sponsorship of both the Haifa University and the Technion Institute who will provide dorms at no cost.

For the budget traveler, the city has several budget hotels - all with bed and breakfasts. The densest collection of hotels is within walking distance from the Haifa Auditorium. Three of these hotels are four and five-star hotels. Several luxury boutique spa hotels are also within walking distance.

Most hotel rooms in the vicinity have rooms that are accessible to the disabled.

In the Carmel Centre area there are 8 hotels of varying standards. Several hotels are located in other parts of the city. Als Haifa hosts four dormitories, all of which can accommodate about 300 people.

Wikimedia Israel has negotiated rates with three four-star hotels in the vicinity of the venue. We have received an offer for about 165 double or triple occupancy rooms. About 100 rooms in the Har Hacarmel Hotel, about 50 rooms in the Nof Hotel, and 15 in the Dan Gardens Hotel. The price per person per night is $50 ($55 in the Dan Gardens).

In total, four nights will cost $200 per person (bed and breakfast) in a double occupancy room ($220 in the Dan Gardens; a bit less - about $185 in a triple occupancy room).

The price includes a continental breakfast at both hotels, and in Har Hacarmel hotel – access to the gym and pool area. Free WIFI has been agreed upon with both hotels. If we book at least 50 rooms in the Nof Hotel for most of the convention (three to four nights), additional discount has been agreed upon.

A single occupant may use a standard room for four nights at the Har Hacarmel and Nof Hotels for $340 and a superior room at the Nof Hotel for four nights for $440. A single occupant standard room four four nights at the Dan Gardens will pay $380.

All three hotels are within walking distance of the venue (Dan Gardens and Nof Hotels – 10 minutes walk, Har Hacarmel – 15 minutes), however Wikimedia Israel will provide a shuttle bus which will travel hourly between the hotels and the venue.

For participants who can not afford accommodation, Wikimedia Israel has negotiated and obtained 150 beds (most in single occupancy rooms) in various dorms around the city. The actual cost of the dorms is NIS 20,000 (approximately $5,000). This amount has already been obtained by Wikimedia Israel. A shuttle will travel hourly between the dorms and the venue, due to the distances between the dorms and the venue. Negotiations to obtain agreements for more beds are ongoing.

Wikimedia Israel will be able to arrange for centralized registration for the hotels for the participants.

Wikimedia Israel will also place welcome desks (information and assistance desks) at the main hotels in which the participants will stay throughout the entire conference.

Student dormitories[edit]

Technion Dorms[edit]

Technion Campus[edit]

The Technion has nine different dormitory villages, each with its own character. In all, the Technion has more than 4,000 dorm rooms.

Address: Technion Campus
Map: path by car from dorms to convention area
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 15 minutes by car.
Beds: 8,000
Regular Buses:
Shuttle Service:
German Colony[edit]
The German Colony
Address: 85 Allenby St.
Map: path by car from dorms to convention center
Cost: See above
Distance from the conference venue:ca. 15 minutes drive
Beds: 100
Regular Buses: Bus nos. 37, 28, 23, 3, 1
Shuttle Service: See above

Haifa University Dorms[edit]

Talia Dorms[edit]

Haifa University Dorms - View from Park Nesher
Haifa University Dorms - View from Park Nesher
Address: Haifa University Campus
Map: path from dorms to conference area
Cost: See above
Distance from the conference venue:ca. 20 minutes drive
Beds: 50
Regular Buses: Bus nos. 37, 30 ,200
Shuttle Service: See above

Shikma Dorms[edit]

Address: 14 Shikma st., Romema
Map: path by car from dorms to conference area
Cost: See above
Distance from the conference venue:ca. 10 minutes drive
Beds: 50
Regular Buses: Bus no. 23
Shuttle Service: See above

Port Campus Dorms[edit]

Address: 65 Hanamal St.
Map: path from dorms to conference area
Cost: See above
Distance from the conference venue: 10 minutes by the Carmelit; 17 minutes by car
Beds: Not yet allocated
Regular Buses: Bus nos. 37, 28, 23, 3, 1, Carmelit
Shuttle Service: See above


Shalom Hotel[edit]

Address: 110 Hanassi Ave., P.O.B 6208, Haifa 31061, Israel
Tel. +972 4 837 74 81, Fax: +972 4 837 24 43
Map: path from hotel to conference center
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 10 minutes on foot
Beds: 30 rooms
Price: 50$ per night per person BB, two people in each room


Four Star Hotels[edit]

Mount Carmel (****)[edit]
Hotel facade

located within 10 minutes walk from the Carmel Center, at the very heart of Haifa

Address:103 Derech Hayam St. Haifa
Tel: 972-4-8381413/4/5
Fax: 972-4-8381763
Map: path from hotel to conference area
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 15 minutes on foot
Beds: 98 rooms - 1-3 persons per room
Price: See above
Facilities: The Spa - health and sports center including an indoor, heated swimming pool, gym, saunas. All the rooms are equipped with bath room, 220v electricity sockets, direct dial telephone, cable TV, individual control air condition, mini bar and coffee corner. Most rooms have a balcony. WiFi at the hotels Lounge.
Additional images of the hotel
Dan Gardens (****)[edit]
Address: 124 Yaffe-Nof Street
Haifa 34454
Tel: +972-4-8302020
Fax: +972-4-8302021
For reservations contact:
The Dan Gardens Hotel Haifa
Tel: 972-3-5202552
Fax: 972-3-5480111
Toll-free from UK, Germany, France, Belgium: 00-800-32646835
Toll-free from USA: 1-800-2237773/4
Map: hotel location of google map and path to convention area
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 10 minutes on foot
Beds: 31 Modern guestrooms. max 2 Persons in one room.
Price: See above
Facilities:Guestrooms at the newly redecorated Dan Gardens Haifa are attractively furnished in contemporary style and feature TV, direct dial telephone and fast plug play Internet connection. An electric kettle with tea and coffee making accessories as well as a refrigerator add a thoughtful touch. Bathrooms are appointed with the latest amenities. Several rooms have balconies. Guests staying at the Dan Gardens have free access to the swimming pool and children pool at the nearby Dan Panorama Hotel. Use of the sauna and the fitness center (for a fee). Tennis and squash courts can be reserved near the hotel (for fee). The Dan Gardens hotel offers guests an excellent and varied breakfast menu; all guest rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and a small fridge. The hotel has three small conference rooms (maximum 50 persons) and a terrace with a coffee shop, overlooking the Haifa Bay.
Nof (****)[edit]
Nof Hotel - view from the Haifa Auditorium

The hotel sits on top of Mount Carmel with all its rooms overlooking the Haifa Bay, the Bahai' shrine and western Galilee

Address: 101 Hanassi Ave., Haifa, 34642,
Tel: 04-8354311, Fax: 04-8388810
Map: path from hotel to conference area
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 10 minutes on foot
Beds: 90 rooms all with bay view
Price: See above
Facilities:All the rooms are equipped with bath room, hair dryer, 220v electricity sockets, direct dial telephone, cable TV, individual control air condition, mini bar and coffee corner.
Additional images of the hotel

Five Star Hotels[edit]

Dan Carmel (*****)[edit]
Dan Carmel
Dan Carmel
Dan Carmel

The Dan Carmel Hotel sits high up on Mount Carmel amidst breathtaking views of Haifa Bay and the Mediterranean coastline. This hotel is situated on the prestigious, tree-lined Hanassi Boulevard only meters away from the Bahai Temple. The hotel is also just a couple of minutes walk from the Carmel Center.

Address:The Dan Carmel Hotel Haifa
85-87 Hanassi Avenue
Haifa 34642
Tel: +972-4-8303030
Fax: +972-4-8303040
For reservations contact:
The Dan Carmel Hotel Haifa
Tel: 972-3-5202552
Fax: 972-3-5480111
Toll-free from UK, Germany, France, Belgium: 00-800-32646835
Toll-free from USA: 1-800-2237773/4
Map: hotel location on google maps and path to Convention area
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 20 minutes on foot
Beds: 224 rooms including 20 Suites, 1 Presidential Suite, 1 Royal Suite
Price: $190 single occupant per night, $110 per person in double occupancy per night
Facilities: The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a children’s pool, fitness center, sauna, a choice of dining options, a lobby-lounge and piano bar, and various shops. For business guests, a full range of facilities is available (including secretarial services for a fee) and, guests staying in executive rooms and suites , can use the special VIP King David Lounge on the 10th floor.
Additional images of the hotel
Dan Panorama (*****)[edit]
Dan Panorama

Dan Panorama Hotel is a twenty-one stories high tower on the summit of Mount Camel, offering views of Haifa Bay and all of northern Israel. The hotel is directly linked to the fashionable Panorama Mall, with its fine stores, cafes and cinemas

Address: The Dan Panorama Hotel Haifa
107 Hanassi Avenue
Haifa 34632
Tel: +972-4-8352222
Fax: +972-4-8352235
For reservations contact:
The Dan Panorama Hotel Haifa
Tel: 972-3-5202552
Fax: 972-3-5480111
Toll-free from UK, Germany, France, Belgium: 00-800-32646835
Toll-free from USA: 1-800-2237773/4
Map: google map - path from hotel to convention area
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 10 minutes on foot
Beds: 266 rooms including 46 "Rooms Plus" with kitchenette, 3 Bay View Suites. 10 Executive floors (10-19)
Price: $160 single occupant per night, $98 per person in double occupancy per night
Facilities: The hotel's facilities include a swimming pool, children's pool, sauna, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an excellent kids club, and entertainment for the whole family. Guests staying on the executive floors can enjoy the special VIP Carmel lounge and there are excellent business services including secretarial services (for fee) covered private parking is available (for fee). The adjacent shopping mall provides a variety of elegant stores, a pharmacy, jewelry shop, beauty salon, cafes and a cinema.
Additional images of the hotel
Crown Plaza (*****)[edit]

Crowne Plaza Haifa hotel is located on top of Mount Carmel offering a breathtaking view of the Haifa Bay.

Address:111 Yefe Nof st.
Haifa, 34454 Israel
Hotel Front Desk: 972-4-8350835
Hotel Fax: 972-4-8350836
Map: path from hotel to convention area
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 10 minutes on foot
Beds: 100 Guest Room
Facilities: The Health Club features an indoor pool, dry and wet saunas, Jacuzzi and a fully equipped gym.
Additional images of the hotel
Vila Carmel (*****)[edit]

Spa Boutique Hotel.

Address:1 Heinrich Heine St. Haifa (Off 30 Moriah Blvd.)
Tel. +972-4-8375777/8
Fax: +972-4-8375779
Map: path from hotel to convention area
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 20 minutes on foot
Beds: 15 suites
Facilities: Most rooms feature a Jacuzzi or computerized jet shower; the rooftop sundeck is outfitted with a large Jacuzzi and sauna.
Leonardo (formerly: Le Meridién)(*****)[edit]
Leonardo Hotel on the Carmel Beach

Located on the shore of Carmel Beach

Address: 10 David Elazar Street
35081 Haifa
Tel.: +972 (4) 8508888
Fax: +972 (4) 8501160
Map: Path by car from hotel to conference area
Distance from the conference venue: ca. 20 minutes by car
Beds: 197 guest rooms, 110 of them are suites.
Facilitiesconference centres in Haifa, including a state-of-the-art business lounge and indoor pool. Each rooms has a kitchenette including refrigerator, dining area, cable TV, telephone and voice mail, central air conditioning and personal safe. Each room includes connection options to PC and Internet.


Getting to Haifa[edit]

A direct train links Israel's Ben Gurion Airport with Haifa. The train rides take about an hour and a half. A cab service enables reaching the city of Haifa from the airport within 1 hour and ten minutes.

Representatives will await the participants at the airport, ensuring the participants board the correct trains, and provide the participants with free or subsidized train tickets. Transportation will be provided in Haifa from the train station to the hotels or the conference area.

Haifa has its own airport, Haifa Airport, which serves domestic flights to Tel Aviv and Eilat.

Air Travel to Israel[edit]


All the prices quoted below are the two options of the two cheapest available round trip tickets for adults, without extra charges.
If the Nonstop flight is the cheepest option - only the non stop option is displayed. If the difference between the cheepest option and the second cheepest is more than USD 100, only one option is displayed.
Travel time includes waiting time for connecting flights. If the cheapest flight took unreasonably long without a large price difference, it was omitted.
Information Source: All info is from expedia web site. We have chosen the dates of 4th August 2010 to 8th August 2010 as a rough estimate for these dates in 2011.

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from European cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Amsterdam USD 456/
USD 604
Tarom-Romanian Air Transport/
1 Warsaw /
Athens USD 476 /
USD 488
El Al
Non stop
Budapest USD 529/
USD 546
Non Stop
Brussels USD 558/
USD 574
Czech Airlines /
1 Prague /
Frankfurt USD 371 El Al 0 Non Stop 4h05
Helsinki USD 545/
USD 569
Czech Airlines/
1 Prague /
Liverpool USD 646 KLM 1 Amsterdam 7h45 -
London USD 525/
USD 545
Madrid USD 636 Iberia 0 Nonstop 4h40 -
Moscow USD 402/
USD 589
Aerosvit Airlines/
1 Kiev/
Non stop
Paris USD 610 Swiss International Air Lines 1 Zurich 6h10 Non stop option by Air France or El AL is USD 825 and takes 4h25
Prague USD 517/
USD 546
Aerosvit Airlines/
Turkish Airlines
1 Kiev/
An EL AL nonstop flight costs $581 and takes 3h50
Rome USD 523 Turkish Airlines 1 Istanbul 5h45 An Alitalia nonstop flight cost USD604 and takes 3h10
Istanbul USD 430 Turkish Airlines 0 nonstop 4h05 -
Stockholm USD 438 Austrian Airlines 1 Vienna 6h55 -
Vienna USD 621/
USD 635
Alitalia /Lufthansa 1 Rome/
An Austrian Airlines direct nonstop flight costs USD675 and takes 3h25
Vilnius USD 540 Lufthansa 1 Frankfurt am Main 7h25 -

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from African cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Cairo USD 635/
USD 685
Royal Jordanian /
El Al
Amman /
Dakar USD 1,135 Iberia 1 Madrid 16h05 -
Johannesburg USD 955 Ethiopian Airlines 1 Addis Ababa 12h35 -
Nairobi USD 779 Turkish Airlines 1 Istunbul 11h25 -

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from Asian cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Beijing USD 1,241 Turkish Airlines 1 Istanbul 19h20 -
Hong Kong USD 1,125 Cathay Pacific, Royal Jordanian 2 Bangkok, Amman 19h15
New Dehli USD 714 Turkish Airlines 1 Istanbul 12h00 -
Riyadh USD 2,160 Etihad Airways, Royal Jordanian 2 Abu Dhabi, Amman 12h50 -
Seoul USD 2,064 Thai Air International 1 Bangkok 19h00 -
Tokyo USD 2,041 Swiss International Air Lines 1 Zurich 21h20 -

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from Australian cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Perth USD 2,389 Qantas Airways, Swiss International Air Lines 2 Singapore, Zurich 28h00 One stopover in Hongkong with Cathay Pacific and El Al costs USD 2,639 and takes the same amount of time.
Sydney USD 2,222 Qantas Airways, Royal Jordanian 2 Bangkok, Amman 21h50 One stopover flight with Cathay Pacific and El AL costs USD 2,481 and takes 22h35

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from North American cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Chicago USD 1,278 Iberia 1 Madrid 15h05 -
Dallas USD 1,392 Iberia 2 Chicago, Madrid 18h15 -
Los Angeles USD 1,575 Air Canada 1 Toronto 17h00 An El AL nonstop flight costs USD 1,878 and takes 14h30
Mexico City USD 1,708 British Airways
1 London
Miami USD 1,278 Iberia 1 Madrid 15h40 -
New York USD 1,191 LOT 1 Warsaw 21h40 An Iberia flight through Madrid costs USD 1,441 and takes 13h25
A Delta nonstop flight costs USD 1,490 and takes 10h50
San Francisco USD 1,575 Air Canada 1 Toronto 17h00 -
Toronto USD 1,464 US Airways 1 Philadelphia 20h16 A nonstop Air Canada flight costs USD 1,664 and takes 10h55
Vancouver USD 1,829 UNITED, Swiss International Air Lines 2 San Francisco , Zurich 24h30 A one stop Air Canada flight through Toronto costs USD 2,049 and takes 17h00

Air connections to Ben Gurion Airport from South American cities
City Airfare Airlines Number of stopovers Stopover cities Travel time Additional remarks
Bogota USD 1,631/
USD 1,732
Iberia 1 Madrid 24h45
Same company - USD 100 difference for the shorter wait
Buenos Aires USD 1,473 American Airlines, El Al 1 New York 27h00 -
Rio de Janeiro USD 1,562 TAM Brazilian Airlines, KLM 2 Sao Paulo, Amsterdam 28h15 A one stop Iberia flight through Madrid costs USD 1,811 and takes 16h05

By Train[edit]

Haifa is well connected by train lines to Tel Aviv, Akko (Acre), Beer Sheva and the Ben Gurion International Airport. The cost of the travel from Ben Gurion to Haifa is ₪ 37
$  10.05 / €  7.39 / £  6.51 [1]. The trip takes a little over an hour and during peak hours there are as many as 3-4 services hourly.

There are 4 train stations in Haifa:

  • Hof ha-Carmel — close to the bus terminal that serves the lines connected to the cities south of Haifa and local buses.
  • Bat Galim — close to Elija's Cave and the cable car to Stella Maris Carmelite monastery.
  • Haifa Center HaShmona — near Haifa port, the Carmelit underground funicular which connects this station to the Carmel Center and the Haifa Auditorium,lower entrance to the Bahá'í garden, German colony, and the downtown.
  • Lev ha-Mifratz — close to bus terminal that serves the lines connected to the North area of Israel.

From Haifa Merkaz Station, the cost of the Carmelit ride to the Carmel Center is ₪ 6.2
$  1.68 / €  1.24 / £  1.09. A bus ticket from Hof ha-Carmel Station to the Carmel Center is also ₪ 6.2
$  1.68 / €  1.24 / £  1.09; a cab ride is approximately ₪ 30
$  8.15 / €  5.99 / £  5.28 (including extra charge for laggage).

By Car[edit]

From the south, route 2 is the coastal highway which links Haifa with Tel Aviv. This journey from the airport to Haifa takes up to one and a half hours.

Special Shuttle Service[edit]

Wikimedia Israel will attempt to arrange buses from Ben Gurion Airport to the convention area on the day of the convention.


The currency used in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (₪). There are currency changing offices everywhere, and some stores even allow payment in US dollars.

Cost of living[edit]

  • McDonald's "BigMac" Meal (with fries and a drink)
₪ 29.90

$  8.12 / €  5.97 / £  5.26[2]

  • 3 course meal with a glass of wine at a high-end
₪ 200

$  54.32 / €  39.93 / £  35.21 [3] [4]

  • 3 course meal without wine at a high-end restaurant
₪ 155

$  42.1 / €  30.95 / £  27.28[3][4]

  • "Pizza Hut" personal pizza with 3 toppings
₪ 30

$  8.15 / €  5.99 / £  5.28[5]

  • "Pizza Hut" Large pizza with 3 toppings
₪ 92

$  24.99 / €  18.37 / £  16.19[5]

  • "Snickers" candy bar, 57g
₪ 4

$  1.09 / €  0.8 / £  0.7

  • Large Sandwich
₪ 24

$  6.52 / €  4.79 / £  4.22[6]

  • Almond Croissant
₪ 15

$  4.07 / €  2.99 / £  2.64[6]

  • Burekas cheese / potato
₪ 13

$  3.53 / €  2.6 / £  2.29[6]

  • Large Tuna Salad
₪ 34

$  9.23 / €  6.79 / £  5.98[6]

  • Large Chicken Salad
₪ 39

$  10.59 / €  7.79 / £  6.86[6]

  • Breakfast (2 eggs, 2 cheeses, salad, hot
    and cold drinks)
₪ 39

$  10.59 / €  7.79 / £  6.86[6]

  • Inside-out Sushi with Salmon (8 units)
₪ 30

$  8.15 / €  5.99 / £  5.28[7]

  • Thai Noodles with Meat
₪ 48

$  13.04 / €  9.58 / £  8.45[7]

  • Sprite/ Coca Cola
₪ 8

$  2.17 / €  1.6 / £  1.41[6]

  • Short Espresso
₪ 7

$  1.9 / €  1.4 / £  1.23 [6]

  • Double Espresso
₪ 10

$  2.72 / €  2 / £  1.76[6]

  • Cappuccino
₪ 11

$  2.99 / €  2.2 / £  1.94[6]

  • Hot Chocolate
₪ 15

$  4.07 / €  2.99 / £  2.64[6]

  • Tea
₪ 11

$  2.99 / €  2.2 / £  1.94[6]

  • Chai Latte
₪ 14

$  3.8 / €  2.8 / £  2.46[6]

  • Beer
₪ 17

$  4.62 / €  3.39 / £  2.99[6]

  • Iced Tea
₪ 10

$  2.72 / €  2 / £  1.76[6]

  • Turkish Coffee
₪ 8

$  2.17 / €  1.6 / £  1.41[6]

  • Mineral / Sparkling Water
₪ 8

$  2.17 / €  1.6 / £  1.41[6]

  • Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
    / Lemonade
₪ 12

$  3.26 / €  2.4 / £  2.11[6]

  • Freshly Squeezed Carrot Juice
₪ 14

$  3.8 / €  2.8 / £  2.46[6]

Suggested Itinerary[edit]

Suggested Itinerary[edit]

We suggest the following Itinerary for the leisure activities of the event:

  • Tuesday-Wednesday - Hacking days commence in Beit Hecht.
  • Wednesday night - Early comers Gala Cocktail at the Japanese gardens of the Tikotin Museum
  • Thursday - 10:00 - 13:00 Opening session at the Haifa Auditorium
    • 13:00 - 13:45 lunch at the Auditorium Garden
    • 13:45 - 18:45 Conference Sessions and the third Wiki Academy event which will take place alongside the Wikimania conferece.
    • 19:30 - Opening Gala Cocktail at the gardens of the Auditorium center
  • Friday - Reception for VIP's at the City Council Hall.
    • 10:00 - 13:00 Conference Sessions
    • 13:00 - 13:45 lunch at the Auditorium Garden
    • 13:45 - 18:00 Conference Sessions
    • 19:00 Festive Shabbat Dinner (sit down dinner)
    • Later at night - shuttles will take the party goers to Tel Aviv with its numerous pubs, discotheques and parties
  • Saturday
    • 10:00 - 13:00 Conference Sessions
    • 13:00 - 13:45 lunch at the Auditorium Garden
    • 13:45 - 16:00 Conference Sessions
    • Saturday late afternoon and evening - beach party
    • Saturday late afternoon - VIP party at the Garden of the Japanese Museum. Afterwords, VIP's will join the beach party.
  • Sunday: Wikimedia Israel is planning to provide the attendants with various entertainment and educational options:

Organized tours in numerous religious sites in the north of Israel and around the Sea of Galilee.

Guide: will be provided by Wikimedia Israel
8:00 Departure from Haifa
9:00 Nazareth - church of Annunciation and Miriam's fountain
10:30 Capernaum - home to one of the earliest churches in the world as well as an ancient synagogue, St Peter's home town
11:30 Mount of Beatitudes - The traditional site of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, with its beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee
12:30 Tabha – Place of Jesus' miracle of the Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves at the location is an ancient Byzantine church
13:30 Lunch in Tiberias
15:30: Yardenith – the baptismal site for pilgrims in Jordan River
18:30: Return to Haifa
    • Guided tours in the city of Jerusalem
Guide: An official guide from Yad Ben Zvi School for Jerusalem Studies (the main institute for the research of the history of Jerusalem) will be provided by Wikimedia Israel
8:00 Departure from Haifa
10:30 Walk on the old city's ramparts
11:15 :Mount Zion: Dormition Church, King David's tomb and Last Supper Room
13:00 Lunch in the old city
14:00 Jewish and Christian Quarter, including observation of the Temple Mount, and a visit to the Holy Sepulchre Church – the site of the crucifixion.
16:30 The Jerusalem Archaeological Park - Davidson Center
18:30 Western Wall
19:15 Return to Haifa (The bus can stop at the airport for those leaving on Sunday night)
    • Guided tours to Acre (Acco)

Guide: An official guide of Acco Municipality

8:00 Departure from Haifa
8:45 Old City of Acco: Crusader Halls, El Jazar Mosque Turkish Hamam, Templar's underground escape tunnel, Khan El-Umdan
12:30 Lunch at a restaurant in the waterfront
13:15 Old city Market
15:15 Return to Haifa
    • Tours of the Bahai Gardens and other sites in Haifa
Guide: An official guide provided by the Haifa Municipality
  • Monday: for visitors who wish to stay an additional day, and have chosen to tour the city of Haifa on Sunday:
    • Tours of Acre and Nazareth

Guide: An official guide provided by the Haifa Municipality

8:00 Departure from Haifa
8:45 Old City of Acco: Crusader Halls, El Jazar Mosque Turkish Hamam, Templar's underground escape tunnel, Khan El-Umdan
12:30 Lunch at a restaurant in the waterfront
13:15 Old city Market
14:00 Leaving Acco to Nazareth
15:15 Nazareth - church of Annunciation and Miriam's fountain
16:15: Leaving Nazareth to Haifa
18:30: Return to Haifa

Budget and Financing[edit]

The Haifa Municipality and the Haifa University have agreed to provide financial support to the event, as well as visibility and both will assist in raising local sponsorships and support.

Several companies have already agreed to support the event and we have a realistic expectations that a global budget of about $200,000 will be raised.

In view of the large number of attendees at local events such as Wiki meetings and Wiki Academy we expect an attendance of more than 700 participants.


Service Description For Cost Additional information
Venue lecture halls, press room, technical assistance The main Auditorium for 1 day, The Rapaport Auditorium and The Haifa Cinematheque - 4 days (3 days for convension and 1 say for set up), Hecht House and gardend 5 days - in order to host Hacking Days ₪ 29000

$  7876.15 / €  5790.27 / £  5104.74

Amount already obtained by Wikimedia Israel
Accommodation Free student dorms for all participants who request it, or assistance with hotel accommodation based on obtaining sponsorship. Arrangement for cheaper prices were made with some hotels. 250 beds * 5 days ₪ 33000

$  8962.52 / €  6588.93 / £  5808.84)

Dorms costs negotiated and already obtained by Wikimedia Israel. Possible cost decrease for hotels through sponsorships
Technical WiFi, A/V, laptops, projectors, equipment for translation, etc. 5 days ₪ 10000

$  2715.92 / €  1996.65 / £  1760.25)

video streaming and video gallery of the event - sponsered by Kaltura
Medical backup 500 participants ₪ 10000

$  2715.92 / €  1996.65 / £  1760.25

Medical backup by local medical organization and by municipal sponsorship
Insurance Accidents, liability insurance 500 participants ₪ 6000

$  1629.55 / €  1197.99 / £  1056.15

Different discounts possible
Catering 4 lunches and snacks throughout the day 500 participants * 4 days (additional lunch for 100 participants in hacking day) ₪ 160000

$  43454.64 / €  31946.33 / £  28164.06

some of which by sponsorships and through donations
Promotional materials Brochures, flags, t-shirts, gifts, ID badges... 500 participants ₪ 80000

$  21727.32 / €  15973.17 / £  14082.03)

Some of which prepared by sponsors
Participant package Programme, lecture overview, city plan, etc. 500 participants ₪ 20000

$  5431.83 / €  3993.29 / £  3520.51

In part to be covered by sponsors, Haifa municipality agreed to participate in part.
Transport VIP to and from airport by shuttles, particpants - train tickets to Haifa, shuttles from train station to hotels and shuttles from hotels to venue 500 participants + 50 VIPs ₪ 83685

$  22728.14 / €  16708.93 / £  14730.68

Some of these costs to be covered by sponsors, a sponsorship of $3,000 already obtained
Organizing committee volunteers (50), security ₪ 20000

$  5431.83 / €  3993.29 / £  3520.51)

provided in part by the Haifa University and the Municipality
Guests - VIP all inclusive (accommodation at the Dan Panorama Hotels, transport[8], meals) 20 VIP's * 5 days ₪ 170200

$  46224.88 / €  33982.91 / £  29959.51)

In part by sponsorship
Scholarships 30 full scholarships ₪ 77700

$  21102.66 / €  15513.94 / £  13677.17

$700 per scholarship, We hope these to be covered by sponsors
Interpreters volunteers 10 people No costs
Parties 4 Parties for attendees (Early Comers Party, Opening cocktail, Shabat Dinner, Beach Party) - these include a full dinner buffet style, exept for the Shabat dinner which is a sit-down dinner. This item also includes entertainment for the parties 500 attendees (100 for early commers) ₪ 165000

$  44812.6 / €  32944.65 / £  29044.18

Haifa Municipality provides 2 of the three venues
VIP party 80-100 VIPs ₪ 20000

$  5431.83 / €  3993.29 / £  3520.51

to be covered by sponsors; Haifa Municipality provides the venue
WikiExpedition Tours, Museum passes, accommodation, fuel, etc - lunch for the participants. 250 participants ₪ 41650

$  11311.79 / €  8316.03 / £  7331.46

lunches to be covered by sponsors; Haifa municipality provides some of the tours. Guides will be professional volunteer guides
Unforeseen expenses ₪ 50000

$  13579.58 / €  9983.23 / £  8801.27

Amount obtained by Wikimedia Israel raised to ensure feasibility and security
Total ₪ 976215

$  265131.72 / €  194915.54 / £  171838.58


Cost for Attendees[edit]

Our goal is to keep payment by the attendees as low as possible. We have already obtained funds through sponsorship and donations, enabling at least 150 participants who wish to stay at the dorms at no costs to do so (Negotiations with the dorms have already taken place and the costs will be subsidized in full by Wikimedia Israel). We hope to obtain additional funds and dorms rooms for 100 more participants. Other participants will only have to fund the flights and the hotel costs (subsidized hotel costs amount to a total of about $220 - $250 for five nights at a 3-stars hotel, including a complete Israeli breakfast; Four nights would cost $180 - $200, and three nights for about $120 - $150). Prices have been arranged with the hotels and about 200 rooms are available at said price (enabling about 500 participants to stay at double or triple occupancy rooms).

The above budget is based on raising sufficient funds to cover full board to all participants, and includes breakfast for the participants who stay at the dorms, and lunches and dinners for all participants.

It is our view that only minimal conference fees will be charged and that contributors to Wikipedia and other wiki projects will need not pay conference fees (for example, only from Israelis who are not contributors and who wish to attend the lunches and dinners will have to participate).

It should be noted that the conference itself is only three days, so participants who wish not to attend the tours and the hacking days and do with to stay at a four stars hotel may need only pay for the flights and about $120.

Possible sponsors and funds already obtained[edit]

We have planned the budget based on one catering proposal we have received and the bus company general fare. This was done in order to have an accurate evaluation of the amounts. We believe that via negotiation with several firms as well as the railway company, we may reduce the transportation budget by about 50% and the food budget by about 25% i.e. achieving a discount of about NIS 100,000.

We have approached many Israeli high tech companies and have requested sponsorship for the event. These companies include inter alia Teva, Elbit Systems, IBM Israel, Intel Israel, NetVision, Checkpoint, Google Israel, HP, Microsoft Israel. We hope that during the upcoming year we will be able to find sponsorship for the remaining NIS 800,000 that need to be raised. Several companies, as well as the Haifa University and the Haifa Municipality, have already agreed to sponsor some of the costs (detailed above as amounts already obtained).

we have already obtained about NIS 100,000 through sponsorships and donations.


This section of the budget is in fact the dinners served for the participants in a buffet style at the garden of the venue or at one of the other sited provided by the municipality. The cost is in fact the actual cost of the food and drinks for the entire participants of the conference as most entertainment costs and all venue costs are sponsored by the municipality. We place great importance on the socializing aspect of the event and these dinner parties are the tool we provide to facilitate this goal. We believe that an opportunity must be provided from the beginning of the event and all throughout the event to enable the participants to get to know each other, thus promoting social ties between different wiki communities.

VIP Budget[edit]

The 20 VIPs whose the travel and lodging expense are provided for in the budget are the key speakers, important guests speekers and the Foundation members. We understand that the Foundation usually cover these costs, however Wikimedia Israel hopes to find sponsorships to cover these costs as well. There are no VIP guests of Wikimedia Israel and the organizing committee, and were thinking mostly of special speakers.


The costs of the tours amount to $10,000. This includes buses for a whole day for 500 people, and lunches for all attendees. All tour guides (which will be professional) are volunteers, and all admission costs will be sponsored. As the registration for the tours will be in advance, we will know the actual amount, which may be lower. As mentioned, we view these tours as one of the tools we have to promote the social ties between the participants.

Visa requirements[edit]

Visa requirements for Israel are detailed on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism [1], an updated list of visa requirements for each country is available on website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs [2], and is the basis of the following information. All information refers to regular passports in usual circumstances.

General requirements[edit]

All visitors to Israel must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months ahead. Visa-free or regular tourist-visa visitors are usually allowed to stay in Israel for up to 90 days.

Annually, numerous international conventions take place in Israel, many of which in Haifa, in one of the two international convention centers in the city. We have spoken with both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Tourism Ministry, and the Haifa Municipality, with regards to obtaining visas for the participants. According to these officials, there is no problem for nationals of countries who do not have diplomatic ties with Israel to obtain visas to enter the country. These visas are granted on an individual basis, and after some security checks are made.

The greatest difficulties are presented by visitors from Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen and maybe Afghanistan too. There are some other countries that technically do not allow their citizens to visit Israel, but don't mind much if they do, as long as they keep low profile while in Israel (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Indonesia, Pakistan, Gulf states, and a few others). International conferences are held in Israel quite often, occasionally with attendees from the aforementioned countries (the low profile strategy is probably why we don't hear about these visits often). There is a big Baha'i community in Iran, and, according to some reports on the Iranian press, the Iranian Baha'i leaders go occasionally to Haifa for the conferences at the Baha'i center. One last thing - when Wikimania was held in Alexandria, Iranian and Palestinian passport holders could not obtain a visa. Getting a visa to Taiwan and the US is not an easy task, and Wikimania was held in both of these countries. In all cases the organizing teams did their best to extend help, and this time won't be an exception. One thing is for sure - Palestinians won't have a problem attending Wikimania in Haifa, as we can arrange entry permits for them quite easily.

A request for a visa may be filed through someone in Israel, in a third nearby country (for example - in Thailand or Hong Kong), or by mail through another country (through the US for example). Once the visa is obtained, entrance and exit from Israel is allowed. It should take about three weeks to process the visa application and costs about $21. As mentioned passports are not stamped in order to avoid causing problems to the guest when he gets back home.

We believe that given enough time in advance, we can assist in arranging visas for most if not all major participants who wish to attend the conference, and suggest that registration begin six months in advance. This will also better assist with logistics.

We are also planning to have volunteers waiting for participants at the airport arrivals hall to guide them through the passport control procedures if required.

Visa-free access[edit]

Citizens of the following countries have visa-free access to Israel:


Icons-flag-cf.png Central African Republic
Icons-flag-ls.png Lesotho
Icons-flag-mw.png Malawi
Icons-flag-mu.png Mauritius
Icons-flag-za.png South Africa
Icons-flag-sz.png Swaziland


Icons-flag-hk.png Hong Kong
Icons-flag-jp.png Japan
Icons-flag-kr.png Korea (Republic of)
Icons-flag-mo.png Macao
Icons-flag-mn.png Mongolia
Icons-flag-ph.png Philippines

North America & the Caribbean[edit]

Icons-flag-bs.png Bahamas
Icons-flag-bb.png Barbados
Icons-flag-ca.png Canada
Icons-flag-do.png Dominican Republic
Icons-flag-gd.png Grenada
Icons-flag-ht.png Haiti
Icons-flag-jm.png Jamaica
Icons-flag-mx.png Mexico
Icons-flag-kn.png St. Kitts & Nevis
Icons-flag-tt.png Trinidad and Tobago
Icons-flag-us.png United States

Central & South America[edit]

Icons-flag-ar.png Argentina
Icons-flag-bo.png Bolivia[9]
Icons-flag-br.png Brazil
Icons-flag-cl.png Chile
Icons-flag-co.png Colombia
Icons-flag-cr.png Costa Rica
Icons-flag-ec.png Ecuador
Icons-flag-sv.png El Salvador
Icons-flag-pa.png Panama
Icons-flag-py.png Paraguay
Icons-flag-pe.png Peru
Icons-flag-gt.png Guatemala
Icons-flag-hn.png Honduras
Icons-flag-sr.png Suriname
Icons-flag-uy.png Uruguay


Icons-flag-eu.png - All member states of the European Union[10]
Icons-flag-al.png Albania
Icons-flag-ad.png Andorra
Icons-flag-hr.png Croatia
Icons-flag-gi.png Gibraltar
Icons-flag-is.png Iceland
Icons-flag-li.png Liechtenstein
Icons-flag-mk.png Macedonia (F.Y.R.)
Icons-flag-mc.png Monaco
Icons-flag-no.png Norway
Icons-flag-ru.png Russia
Icons-flag-sm.png San Marino
Icons-flag-ch.png Switzerland


Icons-flag-au.png Australia
Icons-flag-fj.png Fiji
Icons-flag-fm.png Micronesia
Icons-flag-nz.png New Zealand

Visa required[edit]

Citizens of the following countries are required to get a visa in one of Israel's consulates around the world. Visa issuing costs US$ 17.


Icons-flag-dz.png Algeria[11]
Icons-flag-ao.png Angola
Icons-flag-bj.png Benin
Icons-flag-bw.png Botswana
Icons-flag-bf.png Burkina Faso
Icons-flag-bi.png Burundi
Icons-flag-cm.png Cameroon
Icons-flag-cv.png Cape Verde
Icons-flag-td.png Chad
Icons-flag-km.png Comoros
Icons-flag-cg.png Rep. of Congo
Icons-flag-cd.png Dem. Rep. of Congo
Icons-flag-ci.png Côte d'Ivoire
Icons-flag-dj.png Djibouti
Icons-flag-eg.png Egypt
Icons-flag-gq.png Equatorial Guinea
Icons-flag-er.png Eritrea
Icons-flag-et.png Ethiopia
Icons-flag-ga.png Gabon
Icons-flag-gm.png The Gambia
Icons-flag-gh.png Ghana
Icons-flag-gn.png Guinea
Icons-flag-gw.png Guinea-Bissau
Icons-flag-ke.png Kenya
Icons-flag-lr.png Liberia
Icons-flag-ly.png Libya[11]
Icons-flag-mg.png Madagascar
Icons-flag-ml.png Mali
Icons-flag-mr.png Mauritania
Icons-flag-ma.png Morocco
Icons-flag-mz.png Mozambique
Icons-flag-na.png Namibia
Icons-flag-ne.png Niger
Icons-flag-ng.png Nigeria
Icons-flag-rw.png Rwanda
Icons-flag-st.png São Tomé and Príncipe
Icons-flag-sn.png Senegal
Icons-flag-sl.png Sierra Leone
Icons-flag-so.png Somalia[11]
Icons-flag-sd.png Sudan[11]
Icons-flag-tz.png Tanzania
Icons-flag-tg.png Togo
Icons-flag-tn.png Tunisia
Icons-flag-ug.png Uganda
Icons-flag-zm.png Zambia
Icons-flag-zw.png Zimbabwe


Icons-flag-af.png Afghanistan[11]
Icons-flag-am.png Armenia
Icons-flag-az.png Azerbaijan
Icons-flag-bg.png Bahrain
Icons-flag-bd.png Bangladesh[11]
Icons-flag-bt.png Bhutan
Icons-flag-mm.png Burma (Myanmar)
Icons-flag-bn.png Brunei
Icons-flag-kh.png Cambodia
Icons-flag-cn.png China (People's Rep. of)
Icons-flag-tw.png Rep. of China (Taiwan)
Icons-flag-ge.png Georgia
Icons-flag-in.png India
Icons-flag-id.png Indonesia
Icons-flag-ir.png Iran[11]
Icons-flag-iq.png Iraq[11]
Icons-flag-jo.png Jordan
Icons-flag-kz.png Kazakhstan
Icons-flag-kp.png Korea, North[11]
Icons-flag-kw.png Kuwait
Icons-flag-kg.png Kyrgyzstan
Icons-flag-la.png Laos
Icons-flag-lb.png Lebanon[11]
Icons-flag-my.png Malaysia
Icons-flag-mv.png Maldives
Icons-flag-np.png Nepal
Icons-flag-om.png Oman
Icons-flag-pk.png Pakistan[11]
Icons-flag-sy.png Syria[11]
Icons-flag-tj.png Tajikistan
Icons-flag-qa.png Qatar
Icons-flag-sa.png Saudi Arabia[11]
Icons-flag-sc.png Seychelles
Icons-flag-sg.png Singapore
Icons-flag-lk.png Sri Lanka
Icons-flag-th.png Thailand
Icons-flag-tl.png Timor-Leste
Icons-flag-tm.png Turkmenistan
Icons-flag-uz.png Uzbekistan
Icons-flag-vn.png Vietnam
Icons-flag-ae.png United Arab Emirates
Icons-flag-ye.png Yemen[11]


Icons-flag-ag.png Antigua and Barbuda
Icons-flag-bz.png Belize
Icons-flag-cu.png Cuba
Icons-flag-dm.png Dominica
Icons-flag-lc.png Saint Lucia
Icons-flag-vc.png St. Vincent & the Grenadines

South America[edit]

Icons-flag-gy.png Guyana
Icons-flag-ve.png Venezuela


Icons-flag-by.png Belarus
Icons-flag-ba.png Bosnia & Herzegovina
Icons-flag-rs.png Serbia
Kosovan passports are accepted, visa is required
Icons-flag-me.png Montenegro
Icons-flag-md.png Moldova
Icons-flag-tr.png Turkey
Icons-flag-ua.png Ukraine


Icons-flag-mh.png Marshall Islands
Icons-flag-nr.png Nauru
Icons-flag-pw.png Palau
Icons-flag-pg.png Papua New Guinea
Icons-flag-ws.png Samoa
Icons-flag-sb.png Solomon Islands
Icons-flag-to.png Tonga
Tuvalu flag 300.png Tuvalu
Icons-flag-vu.png Vanuatu

\==Publicity and online broadcasting==

  • The Municipality of Haifa, as host of the conference, will install "Welcome to Haifa -- Wikimania 2011" signs in city entrance roads.
  • The regional radio station (Haifa Radio) will be broadcasting live from the conference.
  • Wikimedia Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be inviting foreign reporters to cover the event.
  • As in last year's Wikipedia Academy which was held on Tel Aviv, the talks in the main auditorium will be broadcast live on the Internet site of Israel's Channel 2 (biggest commercial TV station), as well as on one of the major Israeli Web portals.

Live Feedback[edit]

  • LCD screens will be installed in the open spaces between the conference rooms, displaying messages and updates about the conference from various social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and occasionally live footage from the rooms, to attract people inside.
  • The video team will prepare short clips for the opening and closing assemblies, conveying the atmosphere throughout the conference, and featuring brief sound bytes from participants, suitable for embedding in reports on social networks etc.

About Wikimedia Israel[edit]

Wikimedia Israel is an Israeli non-profit organization working in cooperation with the international Wikimedia Foundation. The organization is working to promote knowledge and education in Israel by gathering, creating and distributing free content. For the past two years Wikimedia Israel has participated in various projects involving the promotion of free contents and Wikimedia projects.

Wikimedia-Related Events in Israel[edit]

The first annual Wikipedia Academy in Israel took place last year, and included presentations about Wikipedia and Wiki technology in education (both secondary and academic). The conference, which was held in the Tel Aviv University, was a success, won wide media attention, and hosted about 250 participants. Wikimedia Israel organized the main event celebrating 100,000 articles in Hebrew Wikipedia. The event took place in the Tel Aviv University Law School, was attended by 100 wikipedians, and attracted, through the work of Wikimedia Israel, a wide media coverage. Wikimedia Israel organizes and financially assists the Elef Milim image gathering project, the Israeli Wikimedia Loves Art project, and wiki meetings throughout the year. Every year, between two to three wikimeets take place in Israel, attended by about 75 - 100 wikipedians. Since its founding, Wikimedia Israel organizes or assists in organizing the events.

Media realations[edit]

Wikimedia Israel has very good relations with the Israeli press. The Wikimedia Israel Spokesperson communicates daily with most of the reporters and editors. Most of Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects got massive exposure and maximal press coverage. For example, Jimmy Wales's last visit to Israel and the Hebrew Wikipedia 100K articles celebrations got covered over all the national press – from TV news editions, through every major news website and newspaper, to regional and local radio stations and university magazines. Wikimedia Israel also has a pro-bono agreement with the "Donitza" PR firm for press and marketing strategy and press support.

Here is a list of known Israeli media with connection to Wikimedia Israel. The list does not include local media and international correspondents (like AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, etc.) with whom we work as needed.

Name Type Language Level of Wikipedia-issues Coverage Website
Channel 1 - Israel Broadcasting Authority TV Hebrew Normal
Channel 2 – Leading TV channel in Israel TV, Internet Hebrew Normal /
Channel 10 – Leading TV channel in Israel TV, Internet Hebrew Very Good
Channel 9 TV Russian None
Israel National Radio Radio, Internet Hebrew, Arabic and International stations Very good (on the Hebrew station)
IDF Radio (Galey Tzahal) Radio, Internet Hebrew Very Good
Yedioth Achronot (Israel's leading newspaper, readership of over 75%, includes news, business and magazine supplements) Newspaper Hebrew Very Good
Haaretz- An independent daily newspaper with a broadly liberal outlook both on domestic issues and on international affairs. It has a journalistic staff of some 330 reporters, writers and editors. Haaretz plays an important role in the shaping of public opinion and is read with care in government and decision-making circles. Newspaper Hebrew, English Very Good
Maariv (The second largest newspaper in Israel) Newspaper Hebrew Good
Israel Hayom- The most distributed free daily newspaper Newspaper Hebrew Low
Jerusalem Post – Israel's best-selling daily paper in English and English website most read by Israelis Newspaper English Low
The Marker - the leading business media and information source in Israel, with the biggest readership both in print and online of all business publications. It is published as part of Haaretz, one of Israel's biggest dailies. Newspaper, Internet Hebrew Very Good
Globes - "Globes" is Israel's business newspaper. Newspaper, Internet Hebrew Very Good
Calcalist - A business daily that is part of the Yedioth Ahronoth Group, which is Israel's largest media group Newspaper, Internet Hebrew Very Good
YNET- Most popular news website owned by Yediot Achronot media group News Websites Hebrew, English Normal
NRG- news website of Maariv News Websites Hebrew Good
WALLA- The largest private news website News Websites Hebrew, English Good
NANA- Managed by TV Channel 10 News Websites Hebrew Very Good
WALLA- The largest private news website News Websites Hebrew, English Good
MAKO- Managed by Channel 2 News News Websites Hebrew Good
THE COM.- One of the leading websites covering technology, media and IT News Websites Hebrew Very Good
DailyMaily & Pc Magazine News Websites Hebrew Very Good

Our Team[edit]

Nick Areas of responsibility Skills Languages Experience
Deror Avi Coordination, Venue Attorney, translator and tour guide he-N, en-N Public speaking, Wikimeets organizer, Head of the Elef Milim Project, co-organized the Israeli Wiki-Academy
Shay Yakir Coordination Chairman of Wikimedia Israel he-N, en-3 Public speaking
Liron Dorfman Coordination, Accommodation Works in the IT field. Studied Computer Science and Information Studies at the Bar-Ilan University. he-N, en-5 Coordination of international education projects
Itzik Edri Media coverage and public relations Spokesperson of Wikimedia Israel, co-organized the Israeli Wiki-Academy he-N, en-4 Media coverage and public relations
Asaf Bartov Organization Founding editor of Project Ben-Yehuda (the Hebrew Gutenberg Project); classicist; tour guide he-N, en-N Co-organized the Israeli Wiki-Academy in 2009; founded and chaired the Israeli Role-Playing Society NGO, produced multiple roleplaying conventions 1998-2003
Hana Yariv Coordination, Venue Holds BAs in Economics, Accountancy and Business Administration, all from Haifa University. Her passion is for archaeology, hence in Wikipedia, Hana contributes mainly in the Archaeology of Ancient Near East field. he-N, en-5 Now a retiree, Hana worked as financial controller and CFO in several companies in Israel and served also as an implementer of Oracle ERP Finance module.

Distances Gallery[edit]

Distance: Gallery of photoes with approximate distance from the conference venue. The distance is measured according to google maps. For distances of travel by public transport - cost by bus.


The Haifa municipality and the Haifa University support hosting the conference in Haifa. We have further obtained the support of several companies.



  1. Haifa is a beautiful city, known for being a symbol of peaceful coexistence between Jews, Arabs, Christians, Muslims, Druze and Baha'i. It is also known for its wonderful beaches
  2. Haifa is within one hour to one and a half hours drive from all tourist destinations in Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Galilee.
  3. Haifa has two major universities: The Haifa University which has research centers focusing on the use of wiki technologies and the Technion - one of the leading technical institutes in the world.
  4. Haifa is the heart of a cultural and industrial metropolis with good transportation systems and easy access to various multilingual media outlets.
  5. Haifa is the location of MATAM - Israel's Silicon Valley, and the location of development centers for major Hi Tech companies such as Intel, Google, Microsoft, IBM and Elbit.
  6. Wikimedia Israel is a very active chapter which has organized many conferences, wiki meets and events. It runs several large projects aimed at generating free content and the advancement of the foundation's goals. The chapter receives high esteem for its work, and has ties with both the Israeli government and various media outlets.


  1. The Haifa Airport is used only for flights from nearby Mediterranean countries. The major Israeli international airport - Ben Gurion Ariport, where international flights arrive from all countries, is 110km away.
    • However, excellent public transport links are available from the Ben Gurion Airport. This airport is about 75 minutes by train from a station inside the airport and about same by car (90-100 minutes during rush hours). Greeters will be stationed at the airport, to welcome all arrivals for the conference, as well as at the Haifa Hof Hacarmel Train Station. Transportation will be provided from the station to the hotels.
  2. Israel is perceived as an expensive location and is not in the euro zone.
    • However, costs of hotels in Haifa, as well as cost of living is considerably lower than most European and North American cities, and it is also significantly cheaper than Tel Aviv.
    • Dorms provided at no cost for about 200 attendees will reduce expenses.
  3. The Dorms are not within walking distance from the venue.
    • While the hotels are all located within short walking distance from the venue, the dorms are further away (25 minutes away by car in the rush hours). However, Wikimedia Israel will allocate funds to provide transportation on hourly basis (or more should it be needed, based on the number of attendants staying at the dorms) from the dorms to the venue, and vice versa. Such transportation will also be provided from the three main hotels to the venue (even though it is within a short distance).
  4. Difficulties in obtaining tourist visas to nationals of certain Arab and Muslim countries.
    • The organizing team will be in close contact with the relevant Israeli authorities, in order to guarantee a visa to any participant who would encounter difficulties. Special arrangements for people who have to keep their visit to Israel secret (for personal safety in their home countries) are also available."


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  8. Assuming cost of $1,500 per air ticket, and 5 nights at the hotel - single occupancy rooms
  9. Due to recent severance of diplomatic relations, visa requirement might change. Please keep updated.
  10. German citizens born on or before 31 December 1927 do need to apply for a visa in advance.
  11. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Visa arrangements should start long time in advance. Organizers will provide assistance if required.