Tel Aviv ranked second most innovative city in world

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai says in recent years his city has solidified its status as a top center of technology in the world. | Photo credit: Moshe Shai      Tel Aviv finishes second behind Medellin, Colombia in poll on world’s most innovative cities • Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai: Tel Aviv has always been a leader in innovative thinking, has solidified its status as one of the world’s top centers of technology.

Hezi Sternlicht and Israel Hayom Staff

Tel Aviv ranked as the second most innovative city in the world in a poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and Citigroup, in partnership with The Urban Land Institute.

Tel Aviv finished behind the Colombian city of Medellin, yet ahead of New York City.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said that his city has always been a leader in innovative thinking and, in recent years, has solidified its status as a one of the top technology centers in the world.

“Alongside the city being home to many diverse technological ventures, the municipality is investing great efforts in cultivating entrepreneurialism and innovation,” Huldai said. “Already we are seeing the clear results, in terms of economic growth and increased investments coming into the city.”

Meanwhile, the Tel Aviv municipality is working on a unique project that will enable city residents to access municipal services via a variety of digital means. As part of the project, free Wi-Fi service will be available throughout the city.

Tel Aviv has received a wide array of international recognition in recent years. For example, the popular subletting website Airbnb ranked Tel Aviv as second on its list of top travel destinations for 2012. According to a worldwide survey jointly conducted by GayCities.com and American Airlines, Tel Aviv ranked top gay travel destination in the world in 2012.