Tel Aviv is an economic and innovation hub, home to many international venture-capital firms, scientific research institutes and high-tech companies and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Tel Aviv has the second-largest economy in the Middle East after Dubai. Its industries include chemical processing, textile plants and food manufacturers. It is also the fifth-most-visited city in the Middle East & Africa.
Eight high school exchange trips have taken place between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv since this program was launched in 1995 with Abraham Lincoln High School, Central High School, Irony Aleph High School, Makef Yud Bet High School, and AMAL Schools.