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Jenin is a 4000-year-old city in the north West Bank now populated by Palestinians.

Get in[edit]

The most logical way to enter would be to fly into Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel, take a taxi or mini-bus to Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, from the Arab bus station take bus 18 to Ramallah (7.30 NIS, less than an hour), cross into Ramallah and take a shared taxi from the central bus station to Jenin (35 NIS, 1.5 to 2 hours).

Get around[edit]

Walking is a practical mode of getting around, taxis can be hired as needed.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Umm Al Rihan forest is located at the extreme northwest of Jenin. It consists of a series of dense forests which are estimated to be ca. 60,000 dunums. The forest areas around Jenin are considered to be the largest woodlands in the West Bank forming approximately 86% of the forests.
  • There is a Christian Holy Site, the St George Church in the village of Burqin, a small town just 3 km outside Jenin. The church marks the cave where Jesus healed the 10 lepers. It's considered the 3th oldest church in the world. As well, there is Zababdeh village, a Christian Palestinian village, that is 13 km from Jenin
  • Located at the northwestern entrance to Jenin, lies the site of Belameh which dates back to the Bronze Age. In 1996, MOTA began excavations on a tunnel shaft, the most elaborate feature in Belameh. Through support from the UNDP, around 150 meters of tunnel is being transformed into an archeological park which will feature an educational sound and light show.
  • The village of Arraba is located 13 km south west of Jenin. It is about 350 meters above sea level and lies near Sahl Arrabah, a 30-sqm plain that lies between the two groups of heights of Mount Carmel and Nablus.

The Palaces of Abdel Qader Abdel Hadi and the Hussein Abdel Hadi were restored and converted into a Cultural Center and Children’s Center respectively. This centre is nowadays very active, and attracts lots of people from neighboring villages.

  • Tel Dothan was a Canaanite city lying in a fertile plain west of Jenin. According to tradition, Tell Dothan is the place where Joseph was sold by his brothers to Ishmaelite traders whom took him to Egypt.
  • Zababdeh:Dating back to Roman times the village has still remains of mosaics and vestiges from the Byzantine period.
  • The Freedom Theatr:Using the arts as a model for social change, The Freedom Theatre in developing the only professional venue for theatre and arts in the north of the Palestinian Territories. The aim of this project is to empower and give voice to the children of Jenin Refugee Camp.
  • Jenin Creative Culture Center:Jenin Creative Cultural Centre is A non governmental association , established in 2005 by a group of Jenin youth, for the purpose of providing cultural and educational services for the local Palestinian society in general , and the youth sector in particular in Jenin area.

Do[edit][add listing]

there are many hotels in the city but they are not under the conditions of the ministry of tourism only two hotel are under. Before the war of Jenin there was other two hotels which was under the conditions of the ministry of tourism they were the Movinpiek hotel and stars hotel but they were closed because of safely conditions know there is two hotels *Haddad Tourist hotel and Village. A tourist resort that has an amusement park, pools, gardens, picnic areas, and more!!  edit and "North Gate Hotel" which was lately opened. It offers rooms and suites with a/c and free internet,,, the hotel has a fine resturaunt,, banquet and meeting rooms,,located by most government offices.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Be sure to take advantage of the great bargains that can be found in the many shops. These are great places to find souvenirs!

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is plenty of Middle Eastern cuisine available; falafel, shawarma, hummus, the works. There are a couple of excellent places near the bus station where the food is instantly made.

  • Delicate:Cinema circle (tel: 00972 2504249). Cafe' on the main roundabout in the city center which sells fantastic savoury & sweet pastries.
  • Allam's Cafe: Cinema Jenin complex, Al-Zaytouna (tel 00972 599659532)

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are many coffee vendors and you can find alcoholic drinks in zababdeh village near the city .

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Haddad Tourist Resort, Haddad Zone district (near most government offices), 00972-4-2417010, [1]. This tourist village has a hotel, gardens, a pool, and even a large amusement park located on the hotel's grounds  edit

"Jenin Guesthouse" Azzaytoun Street No. 1 (opposite the Al Cinema City Centre Bus Station). Dorm rooms and private double rooms available. Tel: 0972 599 317 968 Email: info@cinemajenin.org Single Dorm Bed: 75 NIS and Double Room: 125 NIS a night. "North Gate Hotel",tel.97042435700,, rooms and suites with a/c and free internet. Has a fine restaurant, banquet and meeting rooms.

Get out[edit]

From the central taxi station, it is easy to travel to many locations within the West Bank.

As of February, 2011, it was possible to pass on foot through the crossing between Israel and the West Bank at Jalameh, north of Jenin. It may be unpleasant, however, if the Israeli border guards are aggressive toward you. From the Israeli side of the border, taxis to Nazareth cost 150 NIS at the time - pricey, but worth it. (The much longer journey from Ramallah to Jenin had cost just 35 NIS per person.) Alternately, you can consider taking a taxi to Afula for approximately 40-50 NIS. A bus on to Nazareth is then 10.90 NIS.

To Nablus, one can take a service (shared) taxi for 15 NIS or a bus for 10 NIS.

To Ramallah, there is a service taxi for 35 NIS.

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