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National Geographic rates the Abraham Path the #1 New Walking Trail in the World!
an article by Michel Awad at Siraj Center

We are privileged to announce that National Geographic Traveler has selected the Abraham Path (Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil) as the world’s number one walking trail! This is a great honor for Palestine which hosts part of this walk, and for the Palestinian people who welcome walkers from all around the world.

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Walking in Palestine, one discovers its natural beauty, as well as the warm welcoming and hospitality of the Palestinian people. As National Geographic’s Ben Lerwill describes the “landscape has a hardiness that conceals gifts: mistletoe, wagtails, dragonflies and pink cyclamen. And the walking is often dramatic, particularly in the canyons of Wadi Auja, where the only sounds are birdsong and footfall on loose rock.” The “long-distance hiking trail that, once complete, will stitch a route across almost the entire region; through Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.”

Siraj is committed to working hard to offer the inquisitive walker opportunities to explore and experience Palestine’s unique landscape, rich history, culture and its hospitable people, who generously offer the walker home stays and home cooked traditional Palestinian meals.

Many thanks to National Geographic Traveller and Ben Lerwill for bringing Palestine to the forefront as a destination for hiking. We are grateful to every single person who has contributed in creating this one of a kind path in order to build bonds between international visitors and Middle East communities.

“With your help, we can build a path of discovery and human connection for the ages, a genuine beacon of hope for a better and kinder world." - William Ury, Founder and Chair of the Abraham Path Initiative

Read more at National Geographic.

We welcome YOU to experience Palestine through our walks!

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How can tourism promote a culture of peace?,

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Why tourism?

Can tourism be seen as an instrument to achieve complicity between people’s minds?

“There is nothing better that connects two people’s mind than a good conversation” The above quote could be used to describe the effect which tourism has on people. Like a great conversation, tourism could be said to play a vital role amongst people all over the world. It fosters communication in all its senses, intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.  

In today’s world it is evident that there is a shortage of moral or ethical values amongst people across the different nations in this world, resulting in a globalised world lacking these morals and ethical values. Ignorance, the failure to consider the needs of others, and selfishness are a few of the ways which hinder us from embracing diversity and a common human perspective, which  would result informal empathy, internal moral compassion, tolerance of differences, historical consciousness and interpretation. The above mentioned features are intrinsic, inherent and can be found in the practice of tourism.

Tourism has been emphasized as one of the most effective instruments which continue to tackle to tackle social and economical poverty, as well as encourage the culture of peace practice amongst people. In looking at the UN architecture, one is able to see the growing implications which the tourism sector has on the world and world policies. . ...more.

This report was posted on April 1, 2014.