• לָקִיָּה
  • اللقية
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Also spelledLaqye (official)
Lakiya is located in Northern Negev region of Israel
Lakiya is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°19′28″N 34°52′2″E / 31.32444°N 34.86722°E / 31.32444; 34.86722
Country Israel
 • Head of MunicipalityKhaled el-Sana[1]
 • Total5,728 dunams (5.728 km2 or 2.212 sq mi)
 • Total15,295
 • Density2,700/km2 (6,900/sq mi)

Lakiya, or Laqye (Arabic: اللقية, Hebrew: לָקִיָּה) is a Bedouin town (local council) in the Southern District of Israel. In 2021 it had a population of 15,295.[2]


Lakiya was founded in 1985 as part of a government project to settle Bedouins in permanent settlements.[3] It is one of the seven original government-planned Bedouin townships in the Negev desert.[3][4]

In 1999 the first local council elections were held, with Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Maharab elected as council head. Abu Maharab was later succeeded by Khaled al-Sana.

Since 2016, the Trans-Israel Highway 6 serves Lakiya, connecting the town to Highway 6 through both the Lakiya Interchange and Shoket Interchange.


According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the population of Lakiya was 9,943 in December 2010[5] (7,600 in December 2004). Its annual growth rate is 3.1%. Lakiya's jurisdiction is 5,728 dunams (5.7 km²).

There are several Bedouin clans residing in Lakiya, al-Sana being the largest among them. Other families are: Al-Assad, Abu Ammar and Abu Maharab. Some clans don't live inside Lakiya, but on adjacent territory.


In 2013, Arab-Bedouin women from Lakiya and other Bedouin towns participated in a sewing course for fashion design at the Amal College in Beer Sheva, including lessons on sewing and cutting, personal empowerment and business initiatives.[6]

Lakiya weaving project

The Lakiya Negev Weaving Project was founded in 1991 to empower Negev Bedouin women by applying their traditional weaving skills to the manufacture and sale of woven products.[7] It is based on the unique Bedouin heritage passed on from mother to daughter. Approximately 130 Bedouin women are involved in all the stages of the production from initial wool treatment, weaving the rugs, cushion covers and pouches, and sales.[8] The women were provided with professional guidance and hands-on assistance in marketing, branding, sales, the business's organizational structure and business plan, fundraising and networking. The aim was to create a profitable and financially independent cooperative business.[9] Several retailers and chains now sell the goods in Israel and abroad.[10]

Embroidered bookmark of the Lakiya Project

The Desert Embroidery Project is another women's empowerment program in Lakiya[11] Some 20 women completed their professional entrepreneurial and business training and guidance and initiated a project based on the design and production of the traditional Bedouin costume jewelry. They are producing this embroidery at home with traditional Bedouin motifs and decorations. The women also hold Bedouin embroidery workshops and events based on the Bedouin tradition. Their workshop also serves as a visitors' center.[12]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ PM Netanyahu meets with Negev Bedouin mayors Archived 2017-02-03 at the Wayback Machine MFA, November 3, 2011
  2. ^ a b "Regional Statistics". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  3. ^ a b Human Rights Watch (Organization) (2008). Off the Map: Land and Housing Rights Violations in Israel's Unrecognized Bedouin Villages. Human Rights Watch. p. 16. GGKEY:X3Z6UW6BJ3C.
  4. ^ State of Israel. Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. List of Issues to be taken up in Connection with the Consideration of Israel's Fourth and Fifth Periodic Reports of Israel (CEDAW/C/ISR/4 and CEDAW/C/ISR/5) Archived 2013-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Statistical abstract of Israel 2011. POPULATION AND DENSITY PER SQ. KM. IN LOCALITIES NUMBERING 5,000 RESIDENTS AND MORE ON 31 XII 2010(1)" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  6. ^ "Economic Empowerment. Arab-Bedouin Fashion Design". Archived from the original on 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  7. ^ Lakiya Negev Weaving
  8. ^ Classic rug collection introduces Lakiya Rugs at Jewish marketplace
  9. ^ "Bedouin projects. Lakiya Negev Weaving". Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  10. ^ "Israeli Bedouin Weavers from Lakiya at Santa Fe International Folk Art Market". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  11. ^ "Bedouin Tourist Sites". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  12. ^ "Economic empowerment. Training Course in Jewelry Design and Production". Archived from the original on 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  13. ^ Talya Halkin. Empowering the disempowered Jerusalem Post, November 5, 2005
  14. ^ "About us". Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  15. ^ Desert Weavings Archived February 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • Lakiya Negev Weaving - website of one of Lakiya's main businesses
  • Lands of the Negev, a short film presented by Israel Land Administration describing the challenges faced in providing land management and infrastructure to the Bedouins in Israel's southern Negev region
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