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Modern architecture meets tradition in Palestine's first planned city

The Palestinian city of Rawabi, which combines modernity with Palestinian heritage, hopes to attract tourists from around the world.
A picture shows a part of the new Palestinian city of Rawabi as seen through a sculpture, at the construction site of the new city just north of Ramallah in the West Bank, on April 22, 2015. Rawabi project, for 40.000 people apartments, is the first modern Palestinian city of its kind and described as the largest privately-funded development project in Palestinian history will can finally open its doors this May. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX        (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — A large Palestinian flag flies over Rawabi, the city in the West Bank that symbolizes Palestinian dreams of a haven that combines high living standards with the latest architectural design. Between Jerusalem and Nablus, to the north of Ramallah in the West Bank, the model city stretches over approximately 6.3 square kilometers (2.4 square miles).

“The city is following the standards of urban planning as well as the latest architecture and modern construction standards,” Majid Abdul Fattah, the head of the Rawabi municipality, told Al-Monitor, “With the joint efforts of the Bayti Real Estate Investment Company and the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, the drilling and construction operations have been ongoing since 2010 with the aim of achieving a series of residential neighborhoods.”

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