© Nora Schweitzer
Capital of the West

Ramallah - “God's Hill” - is the heart of the West Bank, loud, charming, and replete with contradictions. Ramallah is home to the official residence of president Mahmoud Abbas as well as to numerous start-ups, whose scene is flourishing. More and more young Palestinians launch their own high-tech enterprises in defiance of the weak economy. And in the evening, numerous bars and cafés lure young people to celebrate in the Capital of the West – for example, to smoke a Shisha or to drink a Taybeh beer.