Name of City/municipality: Ramallah

Population:  70,000

Area: 20 Km2

Ramallah is a Palestinian city in the Central West Bank located at 16 Km north of Jerusalem at an average elevation of 880 meters above sea level, adjacent to Al Bireh.

Name of Mayor: Mr. Musa Hadid



Main features:

Ramallah is generally considered the most affluent and cultural, as well as the most liberal of all Palestinian cities and is home to a number of popular Palestinian activists, poets, artists, and musicians. Moreover, the city is a political center with the main information centers of the ministries and the government and the head of the state where investors are more likely to be present. In addition, the location of city, being close to Jerusalem and located in the middle of the West Bank cities is very appealing for commercial activities.

Main economic activities:       

Ramallah is a vibrant Palestinian business hub, especially as most international agencies and governmental offices are located in the city. In addition to the increase in the movement of building and the construction of commercial centers, offices and establishments that attract investments.

Also, the city of Ramallah is a semi-industrial city with different pharmaceutical factories and small factories, which play an important role in the employment of labour and providing job opportunities.

Conditions and environmental challenges:

The immigration of Palestinians from other cities in the West Bank to Ramallah, where there is a highly competitive job market and many Palestinians, especially young men come to the city seeking work. Infrastructure in the city is in need for improvement and development to provide a solid foundation for economic productivity and human welfare. The city still faces major challenges, both in terms of solutions to the solid waste disposal and treatment and in terms of scientific solutions to the collection and treatment of waste water.

However, the city of Ramallah has begun to witness climate change in terms of frequent increase in summer temperatures, with fears of continuing to rise in the medium term. In addition, the persistence of high temperatures has put us in the problem of rapid evaporation of groundwater and consequently drought and water scarcity. These climate change have a huge impact on various sectors, including the agricultural sector and the water sector