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Dear Qalandiya International Guests,

We are pleased to welcome you to Qalandiya International: This Sea is Mine (October 5-31, 2016). We have prepared a brief welcome packet with details and information to help you get around Jerusalem and the West Bank. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask one of our staff members.

We wish you a prosperous stay and hope you will enjoy your visit.

Sincerely,

Qalandiya International Team

 

Important Information

Jewish Holidays: Many of the major Jewish holidays for 2016 will take place during October. Jewish holidays begin the evening before at sundown and carry through the next day. These holidays affect the availability of transportation and openings of businesses/shops/government offices.

October 2-4, 2016 (sundown to nightfall):

Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) - major roads, businesses, government offices, and public transportation closed. Transportation in East Jerusalem will be re-routed on main roads.

October 11-12, 2016 (sundown to nightfall):

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) - Airports, borders, government offices, businesses, major roads, and public transportation closed. Checkpoints to the West Bank will also be closed. Transportation in East Jerusalem will be re-routed on main roads.

October 16- 23, 2016 (sundown to nightfall):

Sukkot (feast holiday) - major roads, businesses, government offices, and public transportation closed on first and last days. Transportation in East Jerusalem will be re-routed on main roads on first and last days.

October 30, 2016:

Daylight Saving Time Ends - clocks will revert 1 hour on October 30, 2016 at 2:00AM.

Friday-Saturday evenings are the weekend so businesses will have limited working hours and transportation may be limited depending on the city.

Carry passport and entry visa (blue sheet of paper with passport information) provided by Israeli authorities when crossing checkpoints or traveling. There is no entry tax required by Israeli border authorities at Ben Gurion or the land border crossings (there is an entry tax required by Jordanian authorities). There is an exit tax for land border crossings - the cost is 175 NIS/person at Allenby/King Hussein. Exit taxes are included in flight ticket prices for Ben Gurion Airport.

 

Getting Around

From the Airport

Tel Aviv - Jerusalem

*Travelers via Tel Aviv must check with Israeli authorities regarding visa policies. Many countries have a visa exemption agreement with Israel and a free 90 day tourist visa will be issued upon entry for passport holders of those countries. Check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-To...) or the Israeli consulate/embassy in your country regarding the regulations.

 

Upon arrival to Tel Aviv there are three options for travel to Jerusalem - Nesher (shared taxi), private taxi, or bus.

Nesher is a inter-city group taxi that operates between Ben Gurion airport and Jerusalem 24/7. Nesher mini-buses wait outside the arrival area of the airport and depart for Jerusalem when full. The Nesher will then drop off passengers at their destinations in order from closest to furthest from the airport. Nesher charges ~70 NIS/passenger and travel time depends on your place in the queue (usually around 1 hour). *Please note that in the event your accommodations are not easily accessed by vehicle, the driver will drop you off at the closest main road.

Private taxis are available upon exiting the airport and will transport you directly to your destination.They charge ~400 NIS/trip and travel time will likely be around 1 hour. If you prefer to arrange a taxi in advance you can contact Samer at samer.iztaxi@gmail.com - the cost from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem is 250 NIS.

*Please note that in the event your accommodations are not easily accessed by vehicle, the driver may drop you off at the closest main road.

Egged bus airport connections will stop at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station in West Jerusalem. Egged buses will cost ~25 NIS/person and travel time is around 90 minutes. The buses run every 20 minutes Sunday-Thursday but are not available during Shabbat (Friday and Saturday). Once you arrive at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station you must go through security and proceed to another form of transportation (Light Rail/Tram, Egged buses, or private taxi) to reach your accommodation. This option is the most time consuming, will be limited during the Jewish holidays, and is not recommended.

 

Tel Aviv - Ramallah

Note: There is no direct connection from TLV-Ramallah

*Travelers via Tel Aviv must check with Israeli authorities regarding visa policies. Many countries have a visa exemption agreement with Israel and a free 90 day tourist visa will be issued upon entry for passport holders of those countries. Check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/ConsularServices/Documents/VisaRequirements-To...) or the Israeli consulate/embassy in your country regarding the regulations.

 

Once arriving in Tel Aviv there are three options for travel to Jerusalem - Nesher (shared taxi), private taxi, or bus.

Nesher is a inter-city group taxi that operates between Ben Gurion airport and Jerusalem 24/7. Nesher mini-buses wait outside the arrival area of the airport and depart for Jerusalem when full. The Nesher will then drop off passengers at their destinations in order from closest to furthest from the airport. Nesher charges ~70 NIS/passenger and travel time depends on your place in the queue (usually around 1 hour). When directing the driver, explain that you need to reach the East Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Nablus Road. *Please note that in the event your accommodations are not easily accessed by vehicle, the driver will drop off at the closest main road.

Private taxis are available upon exiting the airport.They charge ~400 NIS/trip and travel time will likely be around 1 hour. Israeli taxis do not travel to Ramallah and you will need to find an alternate mode of transportation once in Jerusalem to reach Ramallah (bus or taxi). Palestinian taxis can be booked to travel directly to Ramallah but must be booked in advance. A taxi directly to Ramallah takes around 1 hour.  If you prefer to arrange a taxi in advance you can contact Samer at samer.iztaxi@gmail.com - the cost from Ben Gurion airport to Ramallah is 300NIS.

Egged bus airport connections will stop at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station in West Jerusalem. Egged buses will cost ~25NIS/person and travel time is around 90 minutes. The buses run every 20 minutes Sunday-Thursday but are not available during Shabbat (Friday and Saturday). Once you arrive at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station you must go through security and proceed to another form of transportation (Light Rail/Tram, Egged buses, or private taxi) to reach your accommodation. This option is the most time consuming, will be limited during the Jewish holidays, and is not recommended.

 

Once in Jerusalem, you must take a bus or a taxi to Ramallah. Buses operate daily between 6am-8pm every 10-15 minutes. You will need to reach the East Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Nablus Road; a short walking distance opposite Damascus Gate. Take bus numbers 218 (80 minutes) or 219 (50 minutes). The bus fare (as per December 2013) is ~8 NIS. If you arrive in Jerusalem between the hours of 8pm-6am you will need to take a taxi. Israeli taxis do not travel directly to Ramallah and will drop you off at Qalandiya Checkpoint. After crossing the checkpoint on foot you can take a Palestinian taxi to your destination. Palestinian taxi drivers in Jerusalem will travel directly to Ramallah. Arriving via taxi should take less than 1 hour unless there is traffic during rush hour. If you prefer to arrange a taxi in advance you can contact Samer at samer.iztaxi@gmail.com - the cost from Jerusalem  to Ramallah is 150 NIS.

 

Always negotiate the price or ask for the meter to be turned on (if available) before beginning the trip. When traveling make sure to have your passport and the tourist visa (blue slip of paper handed upon arrival) at all times.

 

Amman - Jerusalem

*Travelers via Amman must check with Jordanian authorities regarding visa requirements before entry. Some passport holders may be required to obtain a tourist visa prior to arrival in Amman while others may be able to purchase a tourist visa upon arrival. More information can be found on the website for the Jordan Tourism Board: http://international.visitjordan.com/generalinformation/entryintojordan.....

 

Visitors via Amman will cross the border into Palestine at Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge. The best way to travel from Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport is via taxi and the trip will take between 1-2 hours - prices should be arranged before entering the taxi.

 

Upon arrival to Allenby/King Hussein Crossing travelers will be required to pay a Jordanian exit tax. Allenby/King Hussein Crossing is open 7 days a week: 08:00-22:00 (8am-10pm) Sunday-Thursday and 08:00am-10:00am Friday-Saturday EXCEPT for Yom Kippur (October 11-12, 2016) when the crossing will be closed. It is recommended to arrive at the Israeli side by 9pm Sunday-Thursday and 12pm Friday-Saturday.

This crossing is specifically for tourists, Palestinians, and East Jerusalem residents - not Israeli citizens. More information on the border crossing can be found here: http://www.iaa.gov.il/en-US/borders/alenbi/Pages/default.aspx and http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/facts2.html.

 

After crossing the border, taxis are available to the main gate where you can then take a taxi or bus to Jerusalem. Buses are available via Air Abed Alhai Buses and Travel Ltd., a Jericho based company, or Egged Buses, an Israeli company. More information on transport options can be found on the Israel Airports Authority --website: http://www.iaa.gov.il/en-US/borders/alenbi/Pages/TransportationAndParkin.... If you prefer to arrange a taxi in advance you can contact Samer at samer.iztaxi@gmail.com - the cost from Allenby to Jerusalem is 300 NIS.  

You will be required to cross a checkpoint in order to enter Jerusalem. Have your passport and tourist visa available.

 

Amman - Ramallah

*Travelers via Amman must check with Jordanian authorities regarding visa requirements before entry. Some passport holders may be required to obtain a tourist visa prior to arrival in Amman while others may be able to purchase a tourist visa upon arrival. More information can be found on the website for the Jordan Tourism Board: http://international.visitjordan.com/generalinformation/entryintojordan.....

 

Visitors via Amman will cross the border into Palestine at Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge. The best way to travel from Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport is via taxi and the trip will take between 1-2 hours - prices should be arranged before entering the taxi.

 

Once arriving at Allenby/King Hussein travelers will be required to pay a Jordanian exit tax. Allenby/King Hussein is open 7 days a week: 08:00am-24:00pm (8am-12am) Sunday-Thursday and 08:00am-15:00pm (8am-3pm) Friday-Saturday EXCEPT for Yom Kippur (October 11-12, 2016) when the crossing will be closed. This crossing is specifically for tourists, Palestinians, and East Jerusalem residents - not Israeli citizens. More information on the border crossing can be found here: http://www.iaa.gov.il/en-US/borders/alenbi/Pages/default.aspx and http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/facts2.html.  

 

After crossing the border, taxis are available to the main gate where you can then take a taxi or bus to Ramallah. Buses are available via Air Abed Alhai Buses and Travel Ltd., a Jericho based company. More information on transport options can be found on the Israel Airports Authority website:http://www.iaa.gov.il/en-US/borders/alenbi/Pages/TransportationAndParkin....

 

Travel within Palestine

You can get around to almost anywhere within the West Bank by collective taxis. These usually do not depart or arrive at a preset time, but rather they depart when full. In the center of the city of Ramallah, there are two stations one departing to Jerusalem and one to the rest of the West Bank cities and major villages. The Jerusalem bus station is located in the center of Ramallah right next to Friends Boys School, and the Bus 18 travels directly from Ramallah to Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem. The station with taxis departing to Palestinian cities and major villages within the West Bank is also located in central Ramallah near Al Manara square.

 

Travelling from Jerusalem to Ramallah, you can take Buses 18 or 19 (green buses) from the East Jerusalem Central Bus Station on Nablus Road to Ramallah. To reach Bethlehem from Jerusalem, you can take Bus 21 at the bus station across from Damascus Gate (blue buses). All Palestinian cities have central bus stations (Al Mojama’) connecting them to surrounding villages and major cities within the West Bank.

 

To Tel Aviv:

The easiest way is to take the ‘sherut’ taxi service, these are inter-city shared taxis that work around the clock, 24 hours, 7 days a week. They are usually recognized as yellow minivans with their destination written on the side. The pick-up location is in the city center; you can reach it by walking from New Gate towards Jaffa Street, following the tram route towards Zion Square which will be on your left side. Take the first street after the square and you should find the shuttle buses parked on the street.

 

Regular fares: 23 NIS for a one-way journey, 33 NIS between Friday-Saturday (Shabbat). Returning from Tel Aviv: you can take the same shuttle buses from Tzemach David Street, an adjoining street to Tel-Aviv’s Central Bus Station.

 

Shuttle Service to Ben Gurion Airport:

Usually we make the arrangements through Nesher Taxi Service. It is recommended to call 2-3 days in advance to reserve a spot on the shared taxi. Offices are usually closed for Shabbat; Friday evenings and Saturday. They will arrange a pick-up time and location with you. Usually if you are in East Jerusalem they will pick you up by New Gate, Notre Dame, or the Jerusalem Hotel on Nablus Road (opposite the bus station.)  

 

Nesher Taxi-Shuttle Service

Tel: 02-625-7227 or 02-623-1231

 

Hotels

We recommend that you stay in Ramallah during Qalandiya International, for its proximity to Jeruslem & Bethlehem and becuase the largest number of events and exhibitions will be taking place there during the opening period (between 5-15 October).

Our accomodation sponsor The Movenpick Ramallah has offred Qalandiya International visitors a competeive rate of $!20 per night for single rooms and $140 for doubles. If you book for more than a week, you get an additional 10% discount.  To book at the Movenpick please email hayel.hantouli@moevenpick.com and copy info@qalandiyainternational.org

Movenpick Hotel Ramallah

Tel: 02 298 5888

Fax: 02 298 533

Website: http://www.moevenpick-ramallah.com

Please see a number of options for staying in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

If the staff at one of the options below does not reply to your e-mail inquiry, please try by phone. Please note the time difference when contacting hotels/hostels/companies. In order to avoid pricey long distance calls it is advisable to call international phone numbers using Skype, Viber, or another web-based application.

 

Jerusalem

Ambassador Hotel

Tel: 02 541 2222

Fax: 02 582 8202

Email: reservation@jerusalemambassador.com

Website: http://www.jerusalemambassador.com

 

Azzahra Hotel

Tel:  02 628 2447

Fax: 02 628 3960

Email: info@azzahrahotel.com

Website: http://www.azzahrahotel.com/

 

Austrian Hospice

Tel: 02 626 5800

Fax: 02 627 1472

Email: office@austrianhospice.com

Website: http://www.austrianhospice.com

 

Jerusalem Hotel

Tel: 02 628 3282

Fax: 02 628 3282

Email: raed@jrshotel.com

Website: http://www.jrshotel.com

 

New Palm Hostel

Tel: 02 627 3189

Website: http://www.newpalmguesthouse.hostel.com/index.php

 

Notre Dame Guesthouse

Tel: 02 627 9111

Fax: 02 627 1995

Email: info@notredamecenter.org

Website: http://www.notredamecenter.org

 

Saint George Hotel Jerusalem

Tel: 02 627 7232

Fax: 02 627 7233

Email: info@stgeorgehoteljerusalem.com

Website: http://www.stgeorgehoteljerusalem.com

 

Ramallah

Al Hambra Palace

Tel: 02 295 6226 - 02 295 0031

Fax: 02 295 0032

Email: alhambrapalace1@gmail.com

Website: http://www.alhambra-palace-hotel.com

Ankars Suites and Hotel

Tel: 02 295 2602

Fax: 02 295 2603

Mobile: 0569 349 042

Email: Info@ankars.ps

Website: http://www.ankars.ps

Area D Hostel

Mobile: 0569349042

Email: ehab@ramallahhostel.com

Caesar Hotel

Tel: 02 297 9400

Fax: 02 297 9401

Email: reservation@caesar-hotel.ps

Website: http://www.caesar-hotel.ps

Gemzo Suites

Tel: 02 240 9729

Fax: 02 240 9532

Email: gemzo@palnet.com

Website: http://www.gemzosuites.net

Grand Park Hotel

Tel: 02 298 6194

Fax: 02 295 6950

Email: info@grandpark.com

Website: http://www.grandpark.com

Lavender Boutique Hotel

Tel: 02 297 7073

Website: http://www.lavenderboutiquehotel.com/

 

Royal Court Suite Hotel

Tel: 02 296 4040

Fax: 02 296 4047

Email: info@rcshotel.com

Website: http://www.rcshotel.com

 

Sites to Visit

Bethlehem

Religious:

Church of the Nativity

Church of the Annunciation

Chapel of the Milk Grotto

Mar Saba Monastery

Rachel’s Tomb

Cultural/Historical:

Old City of Bethlehem,

Cremisan Wine Cellars

Aida Refugee Camp

Museums:

Bethlehem Folklore Museum

Palestine Natural History Museum

 

Haifa

Religious:

Baha’i Gardens

Carmelite Monastery

Cultural/Historical:

Stella Maris lighthouse

Haifa Cable Cars

Museums:

Haifa Museum of Art

 

 

Hebron

Religious:

Al Ibrahimi Mosque (Tomb of the Patriarchs)

Russian Orthodox Church

Cultural/Historical:

Old City of Hebron

Palestinian Child Arts Center

 

Jericho

Religious:

Monastery of St. George (Wadi Qelt)

Monastery of St. Gerasimos (Deir Hajla)

Monastery of Temptation (Deir Quruntal)

Franciscan Church of the Good Shepherd

Jesus’ Baptismal Site,

Cultural/Historical:

Hisham’s Palace

Jericho City Market

Jericho Mosaic Center,

Museums:

Russian Museum

Other:

Dead Sea

Jericho Cable Car

 

Jerusalem

Religious:

Haram al-Sharif (Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock)

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Western Wall

Via Dolorosa

Cultural/Historical:

Old City

Mount of Olives

Museums:

Palestinian Heritage Museum

 

Nablus

Religious:

Jacob’s Well

Mount Gerzim and the Samaritans

Nabi Yahya Mosque (former Crusader cathedral)

Cultural/Historical:

Soap Factory

Al Yasmina Cultural Center

 

Ramallah

Religious:

Coptic Church

Jamal Abdel Nasser Mosque

Lady of the Annunciation Greek Catholic Church,

Cultural/Historical:

A.M. Qattan Foundation

Al Kamandjati

Taybeh Brewery

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center

Museums:

Mahmoud Darwish Museum

The Palestine Museum

Other:

Arafat’s Tomb

 

Tulkarem

Religious:

Shrine of Jacob’s Daughter,

Cultural/Historical:

Tulkarm Refugee Camp

Nour al Shams Refugee Camp

Museums:

Al Qaim Maqam Museum
 

Basic Arabic:

 

Yes: naam / aywa / ah

 

No: la

 

Excuse Me: low* samaaht (male) | low* samaahti (female)

 

Thank You:  shukran / yislamo

 

You’re Welcome: afwan

 

Arabic: Arabi

 

English: Inglizi

 

I do not speak Arabic: ma bah-ki Arabi

 

Where: wen

 

What: shu / esh

 

How are you?: kiyf halak / kiyfak (male) | kiyf halek / kiyfek (female) | kiyf halkum / kifykum (plural)

 

Good/Well (as a response to how are you): mabsut** (male) | mabsuta** (female)

 

Good morning: sabaah al-kheyr

Response: sabaah al-noor

 

Hello: Marhaba

 

Palestine: Falasteen

 

Qalandiya: Ka-laan-dee-ya

 

Jerusalem: Al-Quds (Jerusalem locals will pronounce without the “Q” so Al-Uds)

 

Shu’fat Refugee Camp: moo-khii-yam Shu’fat

 

Ramallah: Ramallah

 

Al-Bireh: Al Beer-eh

 

Bethlehem: Bet Lehem

 

Jordan: Al Urdun

 

Inshallah: God willing (can be used in many contexts including: maybe, hopefully, we will see etc.)

 

* L + ow (pronounced like “ow!” if something hurts).

** The “u” is a long O like in “moot” or “boot”.