David Ben Gurion once described the crucial importance of the Negev to the State of Israel:
"It is in the Negev that the people and its State will be tested. For only with the united effort of a volunteering people and a planning and implementing State will we accomplish the great mission of populating the wilderness and bringing it to flourish. This effort will determine the fate of the State of Israel and the standing of our people in the history of mankind.”
The smart city of Haluza will be built on an area of 300,000 dunam in the "sands of Haluza" region. This area is located south of the Gaza strip and east of Israel’s border with Egypt. It is at sea level, giving it the geographical characteristics of the coastal plain, making it perfect for settlement.
The sands of Haluza have been declared a nature reserve to prevent damage to the natural habitat of the local flora and fauna by construction and artificial usage. In practice, the sands of Haluza are used as an IDF firing range.
Water – The groundwater of the sands of Haluza includes a salt water reservoir with twice the amount of water in the Sea of Galilee! The use of appropriate desalination technology for the region will meet the water needs of the entire city and its residents and will enable the creation of an oasis city with an abundance of ponds.