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.