Cafes, Hotels and Glitzy Nightlife – Wanton Abandon in Palestine

Posted on August 21, 2010

In the Palestinian west bank city of Orjuwan , Las Vegas rises:

RAMADAN IN Ramallah. A festive atmosphere in a booming city.
Photo by: Muhammed Muheisen/AP

‘Palestine’s new bride’

08/20/2010 17:32

Fancy restaurants, five-star hotels, glitzy bars, discotheques, luxury apartments and scores of new construction sites. Welcome to the new Ramallah, the de facto capital of Palestine.

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It’s hard to believe that Orjuwan is located in the West Bank. Until a few years ago, Palestinians could have only dreamed about having an Italian bar and cuisine like this. But the Orjuwan Lounge in the fashionable neighborhood of Al-Masyoun in Ramallah has become a symbol of the dramatic change that has taken place in this city in the past three years.

Fatah gunmen and thugs who once used to roam the streets have been replaced by policemen and security officers who don’t hesitate to use an iron fist against anyone who breaks the law.

The improved security has encouraged Palestinians and foreigners to inject money into the city or even move to live there. Luxury apartments are on sale in most parts of the city. The prices are still very attractive. A three-room apartment in a new building was sold last week for $160,000. Three years ago, the same apartment would have been sold for half the price. [read the remainder of the article here.]