The International Hot Air Balloons Festival in Ha’Bsor National 2020

Where: Ha'Bsor National Park, west of Ofakim, ,
When: Annually in August. (2020 TBA)
From the Gilboa to the Negev International Hot Air Balloon Festival - Photo By: Livnat Ginzburg, courtesy of Orna Ben Haim PR
From the Gilboa to the Negev International Hot Air Balloon Festival
Photo By: Livnat Ginzburg, courtesy of Orna Ben Haim PR

The festival of hot air balloons that is held annually in the summer promises hundreds of visitors a unique aesthetic experience. During the festival’s days, which is aimed for the whole family, the Negev is decorated with colors, shapes and beauty when the sky colored by the colored balloons that rise to the sky and   create a unique and spectacular look.

The visitors will be able to view the balloon layout process in preparation and blowing it up and enjoy a diverse of activities and attractions:

  • “night glow” show of illuminated balloons
  • Swimming pools for children
  • Lot of children activities
  • Hot balloon flight
  • Skydiving views
  • Food ands
  • Diverse shows
  • Movies screening and more

This is a great international event that hosts balloon pilots and paratroopers from Israel and other countries. The festival’s full program, shows time / schedule of events, accommodation and camping. is present in the festival’s link website. See details below, under “Event Related Information” section

For accommodations, check the most recommended hotels in Ofaqim and around, most of them suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY:
Accommodations around Ofaqim:
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IMPORTANT !
Please note that the details of the event are subject to change. We strongly recommended that you check with the organizers before making any travel arrangements.
 

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Capital:
Jerusalem
Currency:
NIS
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220v 50Hz
Dialing country code:
+972
Time Zone:
UTC +2 , (Summer UTC+3)
Language:
Hebrew (official), Arabic used officially for Arab minority, English most commonly used foreign language.
Location:
Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt Jordean Syria and Lebanon.
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Temperate; hot and dry in southern and eastern desert areas.
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Following World War II, Britain withdrew from its mandate of Palestine, and the UN proposed partitioning the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs. Nonetheless, an Israeli state was declared in 1948 and Israel subsequently defeated the Arab armies in a series of wars that did not end deep tensions between the two sides. (The territories Israel has occupied since the 1967 war are not included in the Israel country profile, unless otherwise noted.) On 25 April 1982, Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula pursuant to the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. In keeping with the framework established at the Madrid Conference in October 1991, Israel conducted bilateral negotiations with Palestinian representatives and Syria to achieve a permanent settlement with each. Israel and Palestinian officials on 13 September 1993 signed a Declaration of Principles (also known as the "Oslo Accords"), enshrining the idea of a two-state solution to their conflict and guiding an interim period of Palestinian self-rule. The parties achieved six additional significant interim agreements between 1994 and 1999 aimed at creating the conditions for a two-state solution, but most were never fully realized. Outstanding territorial and other disputes with Jordan were resolved in the 26 October 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty.
Progress toward a final status agreement with the Palestinians was undermined by Israeli-Palestinian violence between 2001 and February 2005. Israel in 2005 unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip, evacuating settlers and its military while retaining control over most points of entry into the Gaza Strip. The election of HAMAS to head the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 temporarily froze relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Israel engaged in a 34-day conflict with Hizballah in Lebanon from July-August 2006 and a 23-day conflict with HAMAS in the Gaza Strip from December 2008-January 2009. In November 2012, Israel engaged in a seven-day conflict with HAMAS in the Gaza Strip. Direct talks with the Palestinians most recently launched in July 2013 but were suspended in April 2014. The talks represented the fourth concerted effort to resolve final status issues between the sides since they were first discussed at Camp David in 2000. Three months later HAMAS and other militant groups launched rockets into Israel, which led to a 51-day conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza.
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In-country dialing code:
8
Longitude:
34.61667°
Latitude:
31.28333°

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