Tel Aviv Makes Its Mark As An Up-And-Coming Financial Center

on November 21 2013 9:06 AM
A general view shows central Tel Aviv backed by the Mediterranean Sea Jan. 23, 2012. Less than an hour away but a world apart from traditional places of pilgrimage in the Holy Land, Israel's free-wheeling city of Tel Aviv has become a Mediterranean hotspo
A general view shows central Tel Aviv backed by the Mediterranean Sea Jan. 23, 2012. Less than an hour away but a world apart from traditional places of pilgrimage in the Holy Land, Israel's free-wheeling city of Tel Aviv has become a Mediterranean hotspot for gay tourism and a leading financial center. REUTER/Nir Elias

Tel Aviv has joined the ranks of the world’s leading financial centers, placing 32nd in a field of 79 on the Global Financial Centres Index. The Israeli metropolis scored 653 out of a possible 1,000, placing it between Rio de Janeiro and Melbourne.

It was ranked third among Middle Eastern financial centers, behind Qatar and Dubai. But the report noted that Tel Aviv could be unpredictable and susceptible to change because of the relatively recent growth of its financial sector. 

The city passed an initiative to promote investment in the financial sector, while Citigroup and Barclays established financial research centers there. 

The report, published by the Z/Yen Group, is influential because multinational companies use it as a tool to help determine where to set up new offices. Tel Aviv’s ranking places it ahead of several well-established European centers, including Munich, Rome, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Milan.

London, New York City, Hong Kong and Singapore took the top four spots. The report has been published every year since 2007.  

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