Dead Sea

By: Ofir Sahar


The Dead Sea (Sea of Salt) is a salt lake between the West Bank and Israel to the west, and Jordan to the east, said to be the lowest point on Earth (420 meters below sea level). The sea is called "dead" because its high salinity means no macroscopic aquatic organisms such as fish or water plants can live in it.

The Dead Sea attracts many visitors for thousands of years due to its extremely salty water, which has 30 percent salinity. The Dead Sea's climate and its unique conditions created by its low elevation have made it a popular center for several types of therapies, such as sun radiation treatment, treatment that exploits black mud of the Dead Sea, bathing treatment and others.

The hotels located in the area are Prima Oasis, Hod Hamidbar, Le Meridien, Caesar Premier, just a short distance from ancient biblical and historical sites. Some Dead Sea hotels, like Sheraton Moriah, stretch alongside a private beach; luxurious sites, overlooking the Dead Sea, provide a wonderful resort.

Historical sites present in the area include fortresses and palaces build by King Herod (the stronghold of Massada), Greek monasteries, Qumran caves. The Dead Sea is known as one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world.

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