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Things to do: historic sites, museums
Arad is a city in the Southern District of Israel. It is located on the border of the Negev and Judean Deserts, 25km west of the Dead Sea and 45km east of Beersheba. The city is home to a diverse population of, including Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews, both secular and religious, Bedouins and Black Hebrews, as well as new immigrants. The city is notable for its clean, dry air and serves as a major attraction to asthmatics worldwide.After attempts to settle the area in the 1920s, Arad was founded in November 1962 as an Israeli development town, the first planned city in Israel. Arad's population grew significantly with the Aliyah from the Commonwealth of Independent States in the 1990s, and peaked in 2002 at 24,500 residents.Landmarks in Arad include the ruins of Tel Arad, Arad Park, a domestic airfield and Israel's first legal race circuit. The city is known for its annual summer music festival, The Arad Festival.
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