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There are five Qrayot (plural of Qirya - short
for Qrayot HaMifratz or the Bay's Qrayot) in Haifa Bay
area: Qiryat Yam, Qiryat Haim and Qiryat
Shemu'el (officialy part of Haifa),
Qiryat Bialik, Qiryat Motzkin and Qiryat Ata.
There are also many nighbourhoods which are now parts of those five (some were also separate local councils in the past) that have this prefix, such as Qiryat Hashmal (today part of Qiryat Haim), Qiryat Shemaryahu (Qiryat Bialik), Qiryat Binyamin, Qiryat Frostig, Qiryat Shtand (Qiryat Ata) etc....
Dov Gutterman, 13 August 2001
The word Qirya (pl. Qrayot) comes from the
Bible and means town or city. The first to use it in this area
was Qiryat Haim in 1933. Even
though it is used in other local authorities - Qiryat Shemona in Upper Galilee, Qiryat Gat in the south, Qiryat Ono in the centre and others.
However, when someone speaks about the Qrayot - he
refers to the five which are situated in Zvulun Valley, Haifa
Bay, north of Haifa.
Dov Gutterman, 26 September 2001