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  • Getting there: The West Bank has no civilian airports, so most visitors will arrive at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) from where it is nearly an hour-long taxi or shuttle ride to Jerusalem to connect to Bethlehem or Ramallah.
  • Capital city: Ramallah.
  • Population: 4.735 million.
  • Religion: Palestine has religious freedom however approximately 98 per cent of Palestinian population are Sunni Muslims.
  • Language: Arabic.
  • Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD), Egyptian pound (EGP), Israeli new shekel (ILS).
  • Climate: A semi-arid Mediterranean climate with warm to hot summers and cool to mild winters. Temperature and precipitation vary with altitude. July and August are the hottest months but even then the evening temperatures drop enough to necessitate another warm layer. January is the coldest month.
  • Transport: Buses are the local public transport but can be confusing as their signage is all in Hebrew. Non-shared taxis and sheruts (shared mini-bus taxis) are available too.
  • Best time to travel: Depending on one’s tolerance for heat (and in winters, the lack of it), it may be best visiting during autumn (September to November) or spring (March to May), the shoulder months.
  • What to wear: To beat the heat wear loose clothes made from natural fibres in light-reflecting colours. Temperatures cool at night so layering is a good idea. Shorts are rarely seen, and when visiting religious sites, cover one’s skin.

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