Once a small farming village to the north of Jerusalem, Ramallah has now become a leading cultural center of the Palestinian Territories.

A massive state-building initiative, the presence of permanent diplomatic missions and a formidable array of non-government organizations have all turned Ramallah into a modern metro area that now has the largest population, and continues to draw the best and brightest of Palestine.

A resilient diaspora in the Americas has also benefitted the city’s economic interests, with increasing numbers of professionals returning to the Ramallah to develop businesses.

All this has lead to the emersion of a genuine cultural scene that is even known to draw Jerusalemites on weekend nights! For those seeking a break from the urban life, a multitude of nearby villages offer olive groves nestled into rolling hills. With even more expansion and initiatives planned into this decade, “The Bride of Palestine” has certainly come of age in the 21st Century.

Ramallah Checklist

  • Pay your respects at the Tomb of Arafat
  • Have a cup of coffee at Stars and Bucks
  • Take a stroll through Muntazah Park
  • Visit the Taybeh Beer Factory
  • Watch a performance or see a movie at Al-kasaba Theatre & Cinematheque
  • Take a tour of the Crusader Church in Al Bireh
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