Gush Dan, meaning ‘Dan Bloc’, is a large area of central Israel, best known for its long stretch of golden beaches between Tel Aviv and Netanya. Besides the beaches, it’s also the nation’s economic heart, bringing with it high-tech business parks, shopping malls and its fair share of road traffic.
Named after the biblical tribe of Dan – which is said to have resided in this coastal region – it comprises the greater Tel Aviv area and a web of suburbs and municipalities. The more affluent suburbs, such as Herzliya, are mainly to the north of Tel Aviv and not-so-affluent suburbs, such as Ramla, are to the south, though Rishon LeZion is an exception. Home to more than 40% of modern Israel's population, Gush Dan is at the core of modern Israeli life.