Palestine



Climate
The climate is clear anytime of the year. In winter, Jericho is a favorite resort and even the Jerusalem sun can be warm during the day. Winter can be cold, rainy with the possibility of snow in some areas. In summer, the only problem is how to cool off as you head for the higher and drier places inland. Ramallah and the North West Bank are Summer favorites for locals and foreigners alike. Spring is definitely the best time to visit as the weather is quite moderate making it enjoyable to travel around. Average temperatures range from 9-18° C in winter and 26- 30° C in summer.

Languages
The official language of Palestine is Arabic, but English is widely spoken – especially in the major towns and cities. Hebrew, French, German and Span ish are also spoken by many Palestinians but to a lesser extent.

Currency & Money
Currencies used in Palestine include the Jordanian Dinar and the US Dollar, but the most popular is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). The shekel is divided into 100 Agorot. There are 200, 100, 50, and 20 NIS notes; 10, 5 and 1 NIS coins; and 50 and 10 Agorot coins.

Business Hours
On Fridays, the predominantly Muslim areas such as East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank close all day. Sundays are the official closing days of Christian owned businesses which are concentrated mainly in Jerusalem ’s Old City, Bethlehem and Ramallah areas. On Shabbat (Saturday), all Israeli shops, offices and places of entertainment close down. Shabat starts at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. Standard shopping hours are Monday to Thursday 8a.m. – 1pm and 4pm – 7pm or later.

Palestinian Cities


Jerusalem Our Final Destination
Jerusalem is home to the three monotheistic religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The inside of the Old City, the areas surrounding the Old City such as Mount of Olives and…

Jenin
Located in the northern part of Palestine, lies on the border of the Samarian Hills. It served as a transit station on the trade road. Jenin is the ancient En-gannim…

Hebron
Al Khalil, as Hebron is called in Arabic, means “The Friend of God”. In ancient times it was known as Mamre and Kirjath Arba, “The Town of four” because of…

Jericho
Jericho is a green oasis in the Jordan Valley some 30 Km east of Jerusalem, 7 km west of the River Jordan, 10 Km north of the Dead Sea It…

Nablus
Also known as the uncrowned Queen of Palestine is situated some 60 km north of Jerusalem between Mount Ebal and Mount Garizim. As one of Palestine’s largest cities, Nablus has…

Tulkarem
Located on the border of the Samarian mountains, Tulkarem was settled by the Canaanites in 3000 B.C. Tombs from early Canaanites were discovered in the vicinity of the city. It…

Bethlehem
As the Birth Place of Christ, the ancient town of Bethlehem holds a connection with Christians from all around the World. While small in size and population, the Town of…

Gaza
Gaza’s position on the crossroads between Asia and Africa has ensured it a history as troubled as it is long. Since the Canaanite period, it has been fought over, invaded…