Rawabi : West Bank
Rawabi is the first planned city built for and by Palestinians in the West Bank, and is hailed as a flagship Palestinian enterprise.
Rawabi "The Hills" is located 9 km NW of Ramallah, 20 km North of Jerusalem, and 40 km to the East of Tel Aviv.
The master plan drawn up for the high-tech city, envisages 6,000 housing units, housing a population of between 25,000 and 40,000 people, spread across six neighborhoods.
Constructing the city has created jobs for 8-10,000 Palestinians, a third of them women, and their pay is 30% above the Palestinian minimum wage. One third of the engineers and architects are women, a gender participation without precedent in the Arab world.
Construction began in January 2010. By late 2013, the project was running two years behind schedule. By 2014, 650 family apartments housing an estimated 3,000 people had been completed and sold, but could not be occupied while negotiations with Israel over supplying the city with water, which had dragged on for some years, languished. and its apartments stood empty, with Rawabi remaining uninhabited, because the city was waterless, and stood for some years like a ghost town.
On March 1, 2015, its developer, Bashar al-Masri, announced that Israel would finally connect the city up to the Israeli-run water grid.
The inset photograph was taken using an 1150mm lens from the Cupola of International Space Station. This is the 1st post in a series featuring photographs taken on a single pass one year ago today* (August 6th, 2015 *Date of original post).
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