About Rawabi

The city of Rawabi was born of a strategic partnership forged between Massar International and the State of Qatar, led by Palestinian entrepreneur Bashar Masri.  Built on a series of breathtaking hilltops north of Jerusalem and Ramallah, the city overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the landscape of Palestine to the north and east. As Palestine’s first master planned city, Rawabi is a modern, innovative approach to urban development, integrating best practices in planning, sustainability and resource conservation in all its aspects.  

Initially, the city is building 5,000 housing units spread across 22 neighborhoods which will ultimately be home to more than 25,000 people. Subsequent construction phases will bring the city’s population to 40,000.

Rawabi’s unique architecture embraces elements of the Palestinian cultural heritage and blends them into sleek, modern design aesthetic. A bustling downtown core anchors the surrounding neighborhoods. The city center’s pedestrian promenade bursts with shopping and entertainment options; in the high-rise towers above, business incubators and the forward-positioned enterprises of a new knowledge economy will help fuel the economic life of the city.

Every facet of day-to-day living has been considered in the city’s overall design. Rawabi’s English Academy, the city’s first school, welcomed students in September 2016. The rapidly expanding urban infrastructure will soon include a hospital and health-care service facilities, fire, police and public safety services and houses of worship. Residents already enjoy the huge WaDina sports and recreation complex, featuring a 15,000 seat Roman-style open air theater.

For the hundreds of families already in residence, the dream of Rawabi has come true. But with just a fraction of its power and potential realized, we know the bold journey of this “shining city on a hill” is a story that has only just begun.