The Negev is a large desert that covers the entire southern half of Israel. In addition, cities like Ashdod and Ashkelon are considered by most Israelis to be part of the Negev, but they are included in the Israeli Coastal Plain category.

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Mitzpe Ramon is a small town in the remote Negev of Israel.

Eilat is the only Israeli city on the Red Sea. Eilat is the southernmost town in Israel, isolated from the rest of the country by the Negev desert.

Be'er Sheva is a desert city of approximately 200,000 inhabitants in southern Israel.


Ein Gedi is an oasis in the Judaean Desert, near the Dead Sea, between Masada and the caves of Qumran.

Sde Boker is a kibbutz in the central Negev, most famous for being the past residence of the first prime minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, who moved there after he left his office in order to live his ideals of settling the Negev.

Masada is a magnificently located fortress site in Israel's stark Judaean Desert, close to the Dead Sea.

Arad is a small city in Israel that lies on the border between the Negev desert and the Judaean Desert.

Rahat is a city of 70,000 in the southern Negev region of Israel.

Netivot is a small city in the Negev region of Israel.


  • Type:  Desert
  • Location:  , ,
  • Latitude of center:  30° 30' (30.5°) north
  • Longitude of center:  34° 55' (34.9167°) east
  • Elevation:  539 meters (1,768 feet)
  • Wikidata:  Negev
  • Wikimedia Commons:  Negev

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Other Names for Negev

  • Arabic:  النقب
  • Belarusian:  Пустыня Негеў
  • Bulgarian:  Негев
  • Catalan:  Nègueb
  • Cebuano:  Néguev
  • Chinese:  內蓋夫
  • Czech:  Negevská poušť
  • Esperanto:  Negevo
  • Finnish:  Negevin autiomaa
  • French:  Néguev
  • Georgian:  ნეგევი
  • Hebrew:  הנגב
  • Hungarian:  Negev-sivatag
  • Italian:  Deserto del Negev
  • Japanese:  ネゲヴ
  • Korean:  네게브 사막
  • Lithuanian:  Negevas
  • Malayalam:  നെഗേവ്
  • Mongolian:  Негевийн цөл
  • Norwegian:  Negevørkenen
  • Occitan (post 1500):  Nèguev
  • Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE):  ܢܓܒ
  • Panjabi:  ਨੇਗੇਵ
  • Persian:  صحرای نگب
  • Polish:  Negew
  • Portuguese:  Neguev
  • Russian:  Негев
  • Serbian:  Негев
  • Spanish:  Néguev
  • Tagalog:  Negueb
  • Tamil:  நெகேவ்
  • Thai:  ทะเลทรายเนเกฟ
  • Turkish:  Necef Çölü
  • Ukrainian:  Негев
  • Yiddish:  נגב
  • HaNegev
  • Negeb

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