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Duma - دوما

 

Duma is a Palestinian town located in the northern West Bank, 25 kilometers southeast of the city of Nablus. Rich in history, pieces of pottery from the Hellenistic and Roman eras have been found there. Duma came under Jordanian rule in 1949 before being occupied by the Israelis following the Six-Day War of 1967.

Duma has a population of 3,500 according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), most of whom are Muslim. Agriculture remains the most prevalent industry, although since 1967 the number of farmers has declined as more people have begun working in construction. There are a number of water sources and grottos in the area from the Roman and Ottoman periods.

Overnight

Type of Accommodation

Homestay

 

Family

Nehal Dawabsheh

Ibtihal Dawabsheh

Bedrooms

2

3

Beds

8

9

Bathrooms

2

1

Showers

2

1

Internet

yes

yes

Notes

When staying with local families, it is recommended that you bring a small gift to share with your hosts. Examples of such gifts are anything your country or region is known for (jams, soaps, etc.), or tea, coffee, chocolate or other candy. You should not bring alcohol or foods containing pork, as most host families are Muslim and both products are forbidden in Islam.

When staying with local families you will also have the opportunity to wash your clothes if necessary: to do so, you should ask your hosts and they will be able to assist you. You should be sure to have your own towel and toiletries.

Due to its Muslim population and rural setting you will not be able to find alcohol in Duma.

In villages it is important that you are dressed modestly at all times: this means wearing loose, opaque clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Women should carry a lightweight scarf with which they can cover themselves when entering mosques or other holy sites.

While well-stocked pharmacies are easily accessible in much of the West Bank, you might not be able to find some desired medicines in small villages. For this reason, we recommend that you bring with you high SPF sunscreen, aspirin or other pain relievers, antihistamine, disinfectant, insect repellent, antibiotics and intestinal antiseptics. You should also have a hat, water bottle, backpack and comfortable shoes with you at all times to ensure your health and comfort while walking.

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