STORIES AND INSIGHTS

Destination Bethlehem: investors wanted to help transform the Palestinian city into a tourism hot spot (The National)

  It’s a hot July day in Bethlehem, and white-robed pilgrims from Nigeria stand in the courtyard entrance to the ancient church, singing and beating drums. They’ve traveled more than 3,500 kilometres to enter the church’s low wooden door, pass through a nave under restoration and down one of the staircases in the sprawling church, […]

How Palestine’s West Bank Could Get Its First Power Plant

Power Sector Investment Could Drive the Economy Forward   Opened in 2014, the industrial park on the outskirts of Jericho, Palestine, already hums. One manufacturer produces 100,000 olive-leaf supplement pills a month; another turns out glistening blue bubble wrap to cushion Israeli and Palestinian tomatoes during transport. A third company is constructing a tiny lab […]

Guest Post: “The trillion-dollar pipeline in the Mideast no one is talking about” (CNBC)

Kito de Boer, Shurook Management Committee Member, discusses Shurook and investment opportunities in Palestine on CNBC:   “What we’re working on in the Palestinian Territory is a new model designed to deliver equity. The organization, Shurook (Arabic for Sunrise), is a nonprofit operated within a United Nations framework. Working with the private sector, we are creating […]

A Strategy For Profitability In Tourism Investments – Chatting with Dr. Mohammad Mustafa

  One of the leaders of Palestine’s tourism investment strategy is Mohammad Mustafa, chairman of the Palestine Investment Fund’s board of directors.   “When Palestine is able to control its borders, tourism could be the most important contributor to the economy in terms of income for the country and also jobs for the people,” says […]

About the Author

Elizabeth MacBride

Elizabeth MacBride is an independent journalist who specializes in finance, investing and international business. She has served as Shurook’s Writer in Residence since June 2016. She writes often about business in the Middle East for a wide variety of publications, including HBR.com, BBC Capital, Newsweek, Forbes, Quartz, CNBC, and many others. She is currently working on a book, excerpted on The Atlantic.