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Dizengoff Center (Hebrew: דיזנגוף סנטר) is a shopping mall at the intersection of Dizengoff Street and King George Street in Tel Aviv. The mall is named for Meir Dizengoff, the first mayor of Tel Aviv.History
Dizengoff Center, designed by Israeli architect Yitzhak Yashar, was Israel's first mall. The center was built on the site of the Nordiya neighborhood. Construction began in 1972, and the first store opened five years later in 1977. The rest of the mall was finished in 1983.
On March 4, 1996, during the Jewish holiday of Purim, a suicide bombing outside Dizengoff Center killed 13 people, many of them youngsters in costume.Overview
The mall has around 420 stores and is visited by about 20,000 people on weekdays and around 45,000 people on Fridays. It operates two movie theatres, stores and restaurants, an internet cafe, a design center holding exhibitions from around the world (Soho), specialty stores (Comic books, video games, gadgets, stamp-collecting, posters), and a roof top swimming pool and gym. The mall is divided into two parts and straddles both sides of Dizengoff Street with the two parts linked by skywalks and underground passages. Two towers were built upon the mall - a residential tower above the northern part of the mall commonly referred to as the "Dizengoff Tower", and an office tower above the south-western part of the mall commonly referred to as "Top Tower". The mall also has a big underground parking lot.