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Scorpions Ascent (Ma'ale Akrabim) | The Negev - a desert and semidesert region of southern Israel (IMG_4720_21_22_23_24_25.jpg)

Scorpions Ascent (Ma'ale Akrabim)

Ma'aleh Akrabim (Scorpions Ascent) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful scenic roads in Israel. This road was paved in 1927 and served as the main transport route between the cities of Be’er Sheva and Eilat, until 1956 when Ma'ale Ha'atzmaut (Independence Ascent) was paved in Mitzpe Ramon. Ma'aleh Akrabim (Scorpions Ascent) is a very steep and winding road, which probably gave it its name ("Akrab" in Arabic means "winding", and in Hebrew "Akrabim" is the plural of "scorpion").
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