Old City of Khan al Wakalat Nablus rehabilitation

History 

350 years ago, Khan al Wakalat Nablus was used as a stable and a tourist hotel. A few years ago, Nablus Municipality decided to rehabilitate the site and conduct restoration measures to use it as conference hall, restaurant and guesthouse.

A model for integrated rehabilitation

The project offers an integrated approach for the restoration and rehabilitation of the ancient caravanserai. It develops the capacity of local authorities to plan and design cultural heritage rehabilitation projects according to international standards.

Improved tourism facilities, the promotion of private investment and economic growth in the region are planned outcomes of this project which contribute to its achievement and sustainability.

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Objectives

UNESCO and the European Union provide technical assistance to revitalise this historic site by: 

  • Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Nablus;
  • Revalorization of the architectural characteristics of the historical centre;
  • Upgrading services;
  • Improving the living standards of the inhabitants;
  • Development of tourism facilities, promotion of private investment and economic growth in the region.  

Challenges

The security situation in the Palestinian Territories has been a challenge for this project, since it restricts the mobility of the UNESCO staff and international and Palestinian experts.

The Progress

Ambassador Marc Otte, European Union Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process, visited the project site of Khan al-Wakala in the Old City of Nablus, accompanied by Mr. Christian Berger, Head of the European Commission Technical Assistance Office (ECTAO) in Jerusalem.

The European Union Delegation expressed appreciation for the work carried out and recognized the results achieved despite the many challenges encountered during the project’s implementation.

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