The Negev or Naqab is the southern region of Israel/Palestine. It is a desert that covers about 60% of the current state of Israel. Only about 10% of the people that live in Israel live there. The Negev has borders with Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the west, the Arabah in the Great Rift Valley in the east, and a line connecting Gaza city to Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea to the north. Beersheba and Eilat are the main cities of the Negev.
The Negev has a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Negev incense route was a trade route in the Negev. It connected Arabia to the Mediterranean in the Hellenistic-Roman period. The trade led to the development of ancient towns, forts and caravanserai en route, and agricultural development. It was proclaimed as of outstanding universal value by UNESCO in 2005.
- ↑ That is, from the death of Alexander through the Roman Empire.
- ↑ "Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev". UNESCO Organization. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- Sde Boker archive of articles on the Negev Archived 2018-06-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Israel's Negev Information Site Archived 2018-08-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Photos of Negev Archived 2012-07-17 at the Wayback Machine
Coordinates: 30°30′00″N 34°55′01″E / 30.500°N 34.917°E