Ramallah Travel Guide

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Ramallah Things to Do

  • Going to See Mahmoud Darwish Grave

    the grave of the famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Born in 1941 in the village of Al Birwa in the Galilee, Darwish was a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarchtower ded as the Palestinian national poet. Lots of his poetry tackled loss, dispossession and exile, portraying Palestine as a...

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  • Visiting Birzeit

    Visiting Birzeit Birzeit located 4 miles north of Ramallah is Birzeit which literally translates to “Well of (olive) oil referring to the wells in which inhabitants historically stored virgin pressed olive oil. With a population of some 6000, Birzeit is also famous for it university, one of Palestine’s flagship[ educational institutes. fame is due...

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  • Visiting Taybeh Village

    Taybeh is a predominantly Christian village. Recently Taybeh became as home to the only Palestinian Beer; Taybeh Beer. Every year in October, the village hosts locals and international visitors for the annual Taybeh Beer Festival.

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  • Tomb of Arafat

    visiting Tomb of ArafatFollowing the death of Yasser Arafat at age 75 in November 2004, he was buried on the grounds of the Mukataa, the compound that served as his headquarters in Ramallah. Three years later, an elaborate mausoleum opened on the site. An honor guard stands watch at the memorial, which is open to visitors. The Mukataa (or...

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  • Arafat's grave

    If you liked him or not - it is definitely an unique and also a little spooky experience to visit Yasser Arafat's grave inside the government compound in Ramallah and see the guarding soldiers and all the flowers and gifts layed down by statesmen and women on his grave. You can take pictures but you have to leave bags outside the glass cube where...

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  • Qalandia and the Wall

    To get to Ramallah from Israel most people go through the Qalandia checkpoint, a barren area of barbed wire and watch towers - with absolute hectic chaos on each side as taxis, buses and shoppers grind to a standstill. Getting in to the West Bank is no problem - just walk through the gate. Getting back into Israel requires queueing (or rather...

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  • Arafat's face

    Not so much a "must-see" as a "can't avoid seeing". When he was alive Arafat's face popped up on posters, billboards and walls all over town. Since he died his presence has grown even further. This huge billboard stretches right across one of the main streets.

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  • Graffiti and politics

    Ramallah, like most of Palestine, is a very political place and it seems nearly every wall is covered in political slogans, posters and graffiti. Most are calls to free prisoners and commemorate people killed in the Intifada

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  • Ramallah central mosque

    This mosque in the city centre is, I think, the largest in Ramallah and is often covered in political posters. It's quite an attractive building, which is fairly rare in this town!

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  • The Lions

    The lion statues are one of Ramallah's best known landmarks. Sitting under the towering metal tent-like structure right in the roundabout that marks Ramallah's centre, they are a common meeting place, a great way to find your bearings, and an ideal place to meet some of the locals.

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  • Ramallah markets

    If you're coming from Israel then this is where the markets get that bit more Arabic and Middle Eastern - you know, hectic, exotic, loud and colourful. The whole of Ramallah city centre is full of stalls and shops selling... well, pretty much everything!

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  • The Muqata

    The Muqata is the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, who control Ramallah and various parts of the West Bank. In 2002 it was shelled by Israel and part of it was pretty much destroyed. Yasser Arafat was kept under house arrest here ever since the Israeli attack. The compound is also home to several Palestinians on Israel's most wanted list,...

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  • Wall of condolences

    Behind the grave the wall has been covered with wreaths and bunches of flowers sent from around the world. Well, most are of course from the Middle East but there are also some in English and French. There's one from the EU, France, Ireland, Japan, even from Britain... but nothing from USA or Israel. Can't imagine why not!!

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  • Arafat's concrete coffin

    In a highly unusual move, Arafat's body has been placed in a concrete coffin, allowing it to be easily moved in the future. Palestinians stil hope that he will be able to be buried in East Jerusalem... Israel says not a chance. Until that day may come he's staying here in Ramallah, flanked by PA police and visited by streams of supporters and...

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  • Arafat's resting place

    On my most recent trip to Ramallah you could see the brand new glass building that houses the grave of recently deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Whether you love or loathe him, you can't deny that he's been one of the world's most significant personalities over the last few decades.

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Ramallah Hotels

  • City Inn

    Nablus Road Albireh, P.O.BOX 2169, Ramallah

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Ramallah Restaurants

  • The best Fruit-Ice-Shake in the Middle...

    At one of the edges of al Manarah Square you will find an Ice stand with the best Fruit-Ice-Shake in the Mideast! Especially when it's hot you have a refreshment at hand that is not only sweet and tasty but also very healthy by the fresh fruit that is added. And it is inexpensive, too. Order a big cup for some shekel and you most likely get a half...

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  • The Eiffel Cafe and Sweet Shop

    I told you Ramallah is the Paris of the West Bank, and here there's even the Eiffel Tower! That's where the similarity ends though. This bakery does very nice Arabic sweets - as in the very sticky, ultra calorific pastries such as knafeh - and some decent cakes. They also some good coffee and fruit juices.You can find it on one of the main streets...

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Ramallah Nightlife

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    by mafi_moya Written Dec 16, 2004

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    Al Kasaba Theatre and Cinematheque regularly screens films and hosts plays and music. Many of the films are Egyptian and other Arabic blockbusters, and they also show art-house style European ones.

    Al Kasaba

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Ramallah Transportation

  • Travel between Jerusalem and Ramallah

    To get to Ramallah most people travel from Jerusalem. Buses to Ramallah depart from Nablus Road opposite Damascus Gate, Old City as early as 6 AM. The bus depot on Nablus Rd is essentially just a car park full of buses and 10-12 seater vans. Just ask for the 'Ramallah Bus' or 'Qalandia Checkpoint' - there is always something departing every 10-15...

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  • Getting to Ramallah

    Most people coming to Ramallah do so from Jerusalem. You can get Arab buses and service taxis to Ramallah from the station on Nablus Road near the Damascus Gate. Because you're entering the West Bank, the buses can only take you as far as the border checkpoint at Qalandia. From here you walk through the checkpoint and on the other side get on a...

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  • Kalandya check point

    To get to Ramallah, you'll have to go throught the check point of Kalandya. So the taxi will drop you there... you'll have to walk a while. If you are a foreigner, the israelian soldier will not make that much problems.... except if they decide that day nobody passes. So you don't have to wait behind the long queue of the palestinian people who...

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Ramallah Shopping

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    Ramallah' s reputation as a major shopping centre has taken a bit of a knock in the last few years, but it remains a great place to pick up some bargains. If you're after Palestinian music CDs, flags, headscarves, souvenirs etc there are plenty of shops for you. Clothes and everyday items are also far cheaper than in Israel. Several friends of mine take advantage of regular trips here to stock up on French Gaulloise cigarettes. Remember, shopping in the West Bank also supports the badly devastated Palestinian economy.

    Every day is shopping day in Ramallah

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Ramallah Warnings and Dangers

  • No pictures of people at the Muqata!

    When you visit the Muqata, the headquarter of the Palestinian National Authority, you will be requested to identify yourself at the entrance; show your passport. A policeman will escort you to the backyard, where you can see the ruins of the buildings destroyed during the military operations. As a tourist, you are not allowed to go further. If you...

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  • Do not forget your passport!

    When you visit the area 'A' territories (according to the Oslo Accords), i.e. territories under full Palestinian control, you will have to pass through a military checkpoint. Israeli soldiers will request your passport. They will not stamp it, because officially you are not crossing any international border. Israeli citizens are not allowed to...

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Ramallah Off The Beaten Path

  • Go back to school - Birzeit University...

    Even if you don't want to spend a semester it is worth the trip to visit the famous Birzeit University north of Ramallah. Visit the campus, have a meal in the cafeteria and most of all: have a talk with the students! It is Palestines young leadership studying there, so you will have interesting conversations.If you think about studying there...

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  • Panoramic view of Jerusalem and Ramallah

    Go to the rooftop of the building of Prophet Samuel's tomb and admire the Judea region. For a beautiful panoramic view of most parts of Jerusalem look to the Southeast direction, and to the North you will see Ramallah.

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  • Ein Kenya Nature Reserve

    Ein Kenya Nature Reserve is a great place for walks, picnics, and hiking in the West Bank named after its natural springs. A variety of wild plants, birds, and animals make Ein Kenya a site for a nice weekend in the West Bank.Directions: Aprox. 7 km Northwest of Ramallah. Drive to the Old City in Ramallah along Dar Ibrahim street to the Northwest...

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Ramallah Favorites

  • Politics at the Universities

    Universities in the West Bank are focuses of political debate. Palestinian students are well informed and updated about politics of the region. Unless you are versed in Middle Eastern topics, I would recommend you not to touch this subject as a tourist. We sat with some students to eat lunch, and we talked about the current situation in the...

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  • ICSPP... the Solidarity commitee for...

    check this link.http://www.solidaritypp.net/Once in Ramallah, don't hesitate to go and meet the commitee, just wonderful people fighting for peace.

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  • after intifada

    of course,after the beginning of the intifada,the life of the palestinians has been almost destroyed;I do not want to get involved again in a political discussion,but it seems to me that the intifada has ruined the hopes of the arab population

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