Support to the Development of Cultural Tourism

Brief Description



UNDP is currently implementing an EU funded national programme for Supporting Culture Tourism Development in the occupied Palestinian territory. The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to national economic growth through developing the Palestinian tourism sector by revitalizing cultural infrastructure and increasing Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

The Programme will be implemented in full partnership and cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), Palestinian Islamic Waqf, Jericho Governorate, Jericho Committee for Tourism Development, Municipality of Nablus and the private owners of the sites. The programme will

  • Contribute towards conserving and protecting cultural infrastructure
  • Improve the potential for cultural, eco-tourism and creative industries for an inclusive economic growth
  • Contribute towards raising awareness of the local communities about the importance of cultural heritage
  • Provide job opportunities mainly for young professionals and women (craftsmanship, tourism and cultural management), and improved engagement with the local private sector
  • Increase the number of tourists and visitors to the occupied Palestinian territory in addition to adding new touristic routes with the new concept of connecting the landscape with the environmental, archaeological sites and historical buildings
  • Increase the income for local communities by providing access to tourists and, hence, new economic opportunities.

The programme includes the following key activities:

  1. Revitalization of the Khan Al Wakale complex in Nablus and transforming it into a fully operational touristic attraction/site for both local and international tourists
  2.  Revitalization of the Maqam Nabi Musa in Jericho through the establishment of a guest house and tourist centre for both religious and mainstream tourism
  3. Develop and institutionalize a model for public-private partnership engagement for the management of cultural heritage and touristic sites

Progress and Accomplishments

Component 1: Khan Al Wakale (Nablus)

  • Restoration and maintenance of the site completed
  • Business management and marketing plans produced
  • Operation and management service through engagement of private sector tendered
  • The operation and management contract with the selected operator signed end of January 2017
  • A partnership was established with UNIDO and Nablus Chamber of Commerce for the provision of the furniture required site, tapping into an ongoing initiative supported by the EU for developing the furniture cluster in Nablus City. It is expected to be delivered in April 2017
  • Through a partnership with the Palestinian Trade Center (PalTrade), the operator will receive the necessary technical support required throughout the start-up period that will take place between February and July 2017, in addition to on-the-job-training and capacity development for the staff at Nablus Municipality and the joint-venture in charge of the management of Khan Al Wakale

Component 2: Maqam Nabi Musa

  • Technical designs and tender documents were developed
  • Civil works contract for the rehabilitation works of Maqam Nabi Musa complex awarded to local contractor in November 2016. Works are underway and due for completion in December 2017
  • The business management and marketing plans were produced. The procurement process (RFP) for the provision of the operation and management service is ongoing and will be awarded in March 2017

Component 3: An institutionalized model developed for public-private partnership in the management of cultural heritage sites for tourism purposes

  • A partnership arrangement was established with the Palestinian Trade Center (PalTrade) for embarking on the implementation of the PPP activities

Finance and Delivery

Donor Amount Contributed Amount Delivered 2014 Amount Delivered 2015 Amount Delivered 2016
European Union Euro 5,000,000
USD 228,682.89 USD 578,044.54 USD 2,509,583.56

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