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Conference Venue

The 4 days of the conference will be held at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Ramallah. The PRCS was officially founded in 1968, with the aims of caring of the health and welfare of the Palestinian population. The conference will be held at one of the main facilities of the PRCS in Al-Bireh-Ramallah. The conference center is characterized by a newly added theatre, which is set to be “a beacon for the society's activities in the humanitarian and cultural fields”. This theatre contains a seating capacity of 1000 persons in order to accommodate for a wide range of activities.

The building is located on the Ramallah-Quds main road, after Al-Ama’ari camp.

Official Language

The official language of the conference in English. All of the presentations are expected to be delivered in the English and French languages.

Climate

The climate of Ramallah is a Mediterranean climate. It is characterized by a hot, dry summer, with August being the hottest month, with an average temperature of 30 degree Celsius. The winter months are cool rainy, with temperatures ranging from 1-13 degree Celsius. Temperature in April ranges from an average low of 10 degree Celsius to an average high of 22 degree Celsius. Ramallah can also be affected by hot, dry, and sandy wind during the months from April to June.

Currency

The common currency used in Palestine is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS). The exchange rate for the Shekel is approximately as in the table below (Exchange rates from August 29th, 2017). In order to view more recent updates please view Bank of Palestine’s Exchange Rates page on https://bankofpalestine.com/en/exchange.  Jordanian Dinar is also a common currency. In addition, all foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks or money exchange shops.

  Buy Sell
USD to NIS 3.5600 3.6100
JOD to NIS 5.0300 5.1000
EUR to NIS 4.2600 4.3000

Transportation

For international travels, there are unfortunately no current airport systems built in Palestinian areas. For travelling into Palestinian, there are two gates of entry. The first is through the Palestinian/Jordanian border, which you can reach after travelling to Jordan first through its airports such as Queen Alia Airport. You would need to cross three borders: The Jordanian (King Hussein Bridge), Israeli (Allenby Bridge), and a final Palestinian one. After you exit the Palestinian border you would find yourself in a bus station where you would able to take the minibus (Orange 7-seat vehicles) to Ramallah (approximate cost: 40-50 NIS), or you could take a private taxi (approximate cost: 120-150 NIS). The second option is through Ben Gurion Airport from Tel Aviv. You then would have to go Jerusalem first from the airport either by taking the bus or a taxi. Once in Jerusalem, you can take an Arab bus from near the Damascus Gate or a taxi to your address in Ramallah.

In addition, Call Taxi are available throughout the city with fixed rate/distance. However, upon request we may organize a reception for quests from abroad at borders.

Transportation between conference site and accommodation will be organized by the conference.

For travelling between Palestinian cities, it is easiest and cheapest to go to the city’s main bus station where you would find buses for the other cities. You don’t need to book in advance or buy tickets, as you pay directly once you hop on the bus. There are many cities that we recommend visiting such as Bethelehm, Hebron, Nablus, and Jericho. To go to Jerusalem, you would need to cross from the Qalandia border and take the bus you find after the border. Qalandia buses can be found near the main bus station.