No matter where you are in Palestine, you will always encounter the famous Palestinian hospitality and warmth. Palestinians possess a unique culture and a distinctive diversity that can quickly captivate you once you attempt to explore it. The Palestinian people from all walks of life come together to offer you a memorable experience whether staying with a Palestinian or Bedouin family.
The local language is Arabic, although most Palestinians also know a second or even third language, such as English, Spanish, or French. It is extremely helpful to learn greetings, basic phrases, and numbers in Arabic before arriving in Palestine; this will assist when paying for food, asking for directions, or taking a taxi. For that you can check out the Arabic language phrasebook on our website.
It is important to note that modest dress is recommended. You will see many women fully-covered, and even men typically do not expose much skin, as might be customary in many other countries. Especially in places of worship, such as mosques and churches, and smaller Bedouin villages, it is necessary to cover up lots of exposed skin.
You may be surprised to find that modern technology in the form of Internet or smart phones is ever present, not just in big cities, but even in small Bedouin villages.
Traffic and Driving
Traffic and driving in Palestine is adventurous; all drivers, taxis included, do their fair share of honking, weaving through lanes, and butting their way to the front of the line in the every-man-for-himself streets of Palestine. The people of Palestine are always warm and friendly, except when they are competing with you to get through a yield sign.