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Future plans

As part of the development of the Old City as an international tourist city, the Old Akko Development Company Ltd. is working on projects in the areas of accommodation, tourism and travel routes. According to the development plans, the following is the list of projects which were designated for immediate development and marketing and those to be marketed at a later stage.

Projects designated for immediate marketing

1. Khan a-Shawarda
This is Akko’s largest khan and one of its most elegant. It is located between the commercial area and the port. Its eastern façade is adjacent to the sea and is part of the sea wall. Thanks to its location, it overlooks the entire bay and enjoys the benefit of potential access to the sea. The lower floor is designed to serve as a commercial facility; a modern addendum to be built above the historical floor will be used as the site for a small hotel with a capacity of at most 60 rooms.
2. The Bustan Cinema
This is the site for the Bustan, a unique summertime cinema located at the entrance to the city, near the land gate. The complex’s façade overlooks the seashore and the Old Akko port. Below this site, there is a commercial area facing Salah a-Din Street, the Old City’s main commercial street.
A small hotel with a capacity of at most 60 rooms is in the planning stages for this site.

Illustration 0f Old Akko's walls
Illustration 0f Old Akko’s walls

3. Khan al-Umdan and the Small Hamma
A) The Khan is one of the most important buildings in Old Akko. Khan al-Umdan – a magnificent Ottoman building in part of which conservation work has been carried out, one façade facing the marina and the other façade the Fishermen’s Square. The khan is intended for a hotel of about 66 rooms, with the ground floors also intended for public uses.
This hotel is supposed to be particularly unique and attractive.

B) The Small Hammam (Bath House)
This is a single-story Ottoman building covering an area of approximately 600 square meters that served as an active bathhouse until the seventies. Part of the building is now in ruins and not in use. The structure is located near Khan al-Umdan, which is to serve as a hotel.
The building will serve its original purpose as a bathhouse and will be instrumental in reviving the bathhouse tradition that once thrived in Israel and has faded since. The Khan al-Umdan project and the Small Hamam will be launched and marketed and are currently undergoing extensive conservation and restoration work.

Asset Development Plans

1. The Rotary Halls
This is a centrally located Crusader structure with impressive domes facing Pisan Port and south of Khan al-Umdan. The building is designed to serve commercial purposes. The domed area on both levels may be used on two levels. The company is currently planning and determining the purpose for this special structure.

2. The Southern Anchor
This complex is located north of the Wall Promenade, between the Pisan Port in the east and St. John’s Church in the west. It spreads over an area of some 1,000 square meters and it is centrally located from a tourism aspect since it overlooks the sea to the north. Thanks to its location and character, the complex is naturally designed to serve as a tourist site offering a small hotel and commercial grounds.

3. Borj al-Karim
Borj al-Karim, the most fortified among the Sea Wall towers, is located at the northwestern corner of the city. It is 11 meters above sea level and spreads over an area of about 730 square meters. The Burj boasts a beautiful view both to the north, toward Rosh Hanikra and to the south, along the wall and the Carmel mountain range. Thanks to its strategic location and spectacular view, the site will serve tourism purposes, e.g. restaurant, conference center and so forth.

4. Site 54
This is a vaulted Crusader building south of the covered bazaar. Part of the building is subterranean, and the roof is vacant. Thanks to the impressive spaces and convenient accessibility, the building may be earmarked for commercial and tourist purposes – approximately 1,000 sq. m. + roof. In order to use this structure, significant archeological excavations must be carried out.

Illustrated sketch of Khan
Illustrated sketch of Khan

5. The Oil Press (the former olive and soap factory)
This oil press, which is located on the Palace’s ground floor, is designed to serve as a small hotel, along with the upper floor of WIZO House. The ground floor section of the oil press covers approximately 600 square meters and its impressive domes create nine open spaces. Potential purposes: commerce, restaurant and lobby for the small hotel above it. Designated to be a wine cellar.

In order to use this structure, significant archeological excavations must be carried out.

The Knights Halls during the Excavation Period
The Knights Halls during the Excavation Period

6. The Laguna Hotel
This is an open and vacant area in the southwestern section of the city. A project file has been prepared for this area, proposing the construction of a 170-room hotel and an underground parking lot. In the past, it served as a Templars fortress, remnants of which were still visible during the Crusader Period. It is positioned on a rock and the alcoves still remaining on the shore served as guard rooms. A special planning, specific urban building plan needs to be submitted as part of the new outline plan.

7. Little Center

A 300 m2 area intended for the construction of a commercial / hotel two floors building is located near the Pisan port, adjacent to the wall and on the first line to the bay.

This is an area with great uniqueness both because of its location and due to the fact that there are few empty areas in Old Akko.

During 2022, the area will be marketed to private entrepreneurs.

8. A two-story building on Salah a-Din Street

A two-story building on Salah a-Din Street near an ancient Sybil. The building is not a conservation building and is located on a main street that is the main lifeline of Old Akko. The building is intended to be used as a group of about 6-8 rooms of accommodation at a basic tourism level, mainly for individual tourists, who often visit Old Akko in recent years.