Dizengoff Center

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Dizengoff Center
Dizengoff Center 002.jpg
Location Tel Aviv, Israel
Opening date 1983
Architect Mordechai Ben-Horin
No. of stores and services about 420

Dizengoff Center (Hebrew: דיזנגוף סנטר‎) is a shopping mall at the intersection of Dizengoff Street and King George Street in Tel Aviv. The mall is named for Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv.

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Dizengoff Center, designed by Israeli architect Yitzhak Yashar, was Israel's first mall.[1] The center was built on the site of the Nordiya neighborhood. Construction began in 1972, and the first store opened five years later in 1977. The rest of the mall was finished in 1983.

On March 4, 1996, during the Jewish holiday of Purim, the Dizengoff Center suicide bombing outside Dizengoff Center killed 13 people, many of them youngsters in costume.[2]

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The mall has around 420 stores, one movie theater ( Lev Dizengoff, with 6 screens), restaurants, an internet cafe, a design center holding exhibitions from around the world (Soho), specialty stores (Comic books, video games, gadgets, stamp-collecting, posters), a rooftop swimming pool, two gyms, and an arcade. The mall is divided into two parts and straddles both sides of Dizengoff Street with the two parts linked by skywalks and underground passages. The underground parts of Dizengoff Center include a war room fully equipped, toilets, showers using underground aquifer waters, rooms for families etc.

The mall also hosts weekly events. Every Friday (except for Jewish holidays) the mall hosts the "Food Fair", Israel's largest food festival, with foods from a large variety of cuisines.[3] On Thursdays and Fridays it hosts a designers boutique, which includes fashion and jewelry from 40 designers. Also on Thursdays and Fridays, it hosts an "Alternative therapies fair".

Two towers were built upon the mall - a residential tower above the northern part of the mall commonly referred to as the "Dizengoff Tower", and an office tower above the south-western part of the mall commonly referred to as "Top Tower". The mall also has a big underground parking lot.

The mall is visited by about 20,000 people on weekdays, around 45,000 people on Fridays, and about 80,000 during the holidays.

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Coordinates: 32°4′30.73″N 34°46′29.42″E / 32.0752028°N 34.7748389°E / 32.0752028; 34.7748389