Be'er Sheva, the Negev's 'capital' and the largest city in southern Israel, had its name given in the Bible, where it is said that Abraham dug wells in the city (Be'er), and swore his camaraderie with Elimelech, King of Plishtim (Sheva). This metropolitan is the transportation, industry, science and cultural center of southern Israel and serves home to the Ben-Gurion University, where more than 16,000 students attend. The Negev Research Center is also located within the city-limits. During the passing decade the city has changed renewed itself, developed and doubled its population. The city is undergoing a construction boom for its scale, defined especially by high-rise constructions for mostly residential purposes.