The city of Al-Tira is located in the central district of Israel and is one of the settlements in the "Triangle" area near and along Highway 6 and the ‘separation’ fence that accommodates a large concentration of Arab-Israelis.
Administratively, the city belongs to the Sharon sub-district of the Central District of Israel. Al-Tira Municipality, which was declared a city in 1991, has a population of 27,100 residents right to 2020, the majority of whom are Sunni Muslim Arabs. Adv. Maamun Abd Elhai has been the city's mayor since 2008.
In 1945, the settlement had about 3,180 inhabitants and was one of the largest villages in the area. After 1948 and especially since the 1960s, the settlement grew and developed at a rapid pace, initially from the municipal status of a local council to the status of a city in 1991. At the same time, numerous commercial utilities and various services were developed.
Today, the city's population is about 27,000, with an annual growth rate of 2%. The city is ranked 4 out of 10, in the socio-economic ranking; it has jurisdiction over 11,900 dunams; and its population density is 2,156 persons per square kilometer.
Although most of the residents work outside the city, there is a lot of commercial activity throughout the week, and on Saturdays there is a popular market in the city to which many people come from all over the country.
Since 2001, Al-Tira is a twin city of
city of Burg, Germany.
The authorities neighboring the city are:
- The Southern Sharon Regional Council from the southwest, south to northeast;
- The Lev Hasharon Regional Council from the southwest to the north;
- The city of Taibeh on its northeastern side;
- The Kochav Yair-Tzur Yigal Local Council on the east.
The city's current master plan was approved in 2017 and its goals are:
- Preparation of a comprehensive master plan for the city and the determination of a planning policy that will direct its development while creating solutions for the needs of the city and its residents, promoting well-being, and providing high-level services.
- Defining a suitable program for comprehensive planning for the city of approximately 38,000 residents in 2030, including determination of areas for the development of housing, commercial trade, and public areas.
- Expansion/completion of roads and a traffic system that integrates with the regional road and rail system, including a public transportation center and a train station.
- Defining valuable open spaces, including anchoring the importance of the agricultural areas surrounding the city.
- Providing a basis for the development of an infrastructure worthy of the city, including that for traffic, drainage, water, sewage, gas, and electricity.
- Determining a policy for detailed planning guidelines that will allow for the optimal implementation of the proposed plan.