The First Top-Down Palestinian City


Rawabi, or the hills, in English, is the first planned Palestinian city and is now under construction.

The idea of Rawabi was conceived at the Palestine Investment Conference, which took place in Bethlehem in 2008. Since then, Bashar Masri, a Palestinian businessman and the chairperson of Massar International, is perusing its realization. He managed to engage a Qatari billionaire and the owner of Qatari Diar Real Estate Company to invest about 850 million dollars in the production of Rawabi.

Rawabi’s protagonists present an outstanding awareness of the political, cultural, spatial, social, and indeed financial context. They don’t look back. They move forward at great speed, maximizing local and global potential to boost the national uprise of Palestine.