As an expatriate living in Haifa, you will quickly come to see why it is known to many as "The Pearl of the North". This beautiful northern Israeli city is a pleasure to explore, with the exquisite Bahá'í Gardens for expats in Haifa to wander around in and the World Center, center of the world's Bahá'í faith, for those interested in the local religious life. The Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space is another landmark well worth a visit, although expats living in Haifa have over a dozen other museums to choose from, as well as a historical heritage that includes periods of rule by the Phoenicians, Romans, Persians, Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans, British and others – any expat living in Haifa with an interest in history will have their work cut out getting to grips with this city's extraordinary story. For those who prefer the coast, Haifa is a Mediterranean coastal town with plenty of beautiful seafront to enjoy.
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The city is one of Israel's best-connected, with the country's only metro system and a variety of other methods of public transport. Expatriates moving to Haifa can travel by intercity bus from other Israeli cities, enter the city by car along Highway Two or – perhaps most practically – fly into the nearby Haifa Airport, which services a growing number of national and international locations. InterNations has plenty of general expatriation information for expats moving to Haifa in our Expat Magazine, a collection of articles on topics such as expat finance and insurance, cross-cultural communication and living abroad. For a more 'on the ground' look at expatriation, we also have content written by our expatriate members on their own experiences of moving and living abroad. While the city has a high standard of services and settling in should be relatively easy, InterNations has plenty of information and advice to help you really start off on the front foot.
Life as an expat working in Haifa should be both comfortable and stimulating, with a high level of public services, a great Mediterranean climate and a vast amount to see and do in the city. Israelis often joke that "Haifa works, Jerusalem prays, and Tel Aviv plays", a testament to the bustling business life that expatriates working in Haifa will find themselves at the center of. To the south of the city, Israel's oldest business park is home to a great array of international businesses and to the east, there is a strong industrial economy. Expats in Haifa may like to get in touch with the strong international community here, and the discussion groups, forum threads and private communications on the InterNations website are by far the easiest way to do this. Whether to socialize, network or organize a meet-up, you can be confident of finding other global minds in this pearl of a city.