Haifa’s standing as a center of high tech industries stems largely from the MATAM Science-Based Industries Park. It is a beautiful facility and is considered Israel’s Silicon Valley. Many of MATAM’s companies do indeed have connections to Silicon Valley. The presence of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa was one of the driving forces that led to MATAM’s establishment, and the Technion has had a leading role in determining the high-tech complexion of the city. MATAM has over 50 companies on its campus – many of them are world leaders and for some of the U.S.-based companies, Haifa houses the only subsidiary or R&D facility located outside the U.S.
MATAM Park is the largest and oldest business and science-based industry park in Israel; it employs over 10,000 people and has many high tech job openings. The park is situated at the southern entrance to Haifa, near highways 2 and 4, and near central transport such as the Carmel Beach Railway Station and the Hof Hacarmel Central Bus Station. The world-renowned names that are emblazoned on MATAM’s buildings include Philips, Microsoft, Intel, Elbit, Google, Amdocs and Qualcomm.
Other possible places of employment for high tech professionals living in Haifa include RAFAEL – Israel Armaments Development Authority – which provides transportation from Haifa; the adjoining towns of Migdal Haemek and Yokneam, with their burgeoning high tech enterprises, are an easy commute and the international R&D centers of GE, Hewlett-Packard and IBM are located in the Haifa area. The Technion, too, has many employment opportunities for researchers, engineers and technicians.