Business and Culture:
The overall Palestinian business community is marked by its entrepreneurial nature. Given the nature of the business environment here and a history of reliance on Israel for many goods and services, almost every business established in Palestine will have a niche market of needs to fulfill.
In addition, returning Palestinians from the US, Europe and around the world have become accustomed to a certain level of professionalism and a certain quality and standard of goods. These standards and needs are becoming visible as the number of ISO certified businesses are increasing locally.
Many owners of large enterprises have international contacts and experience. In the past, business development and trade were directed towards Europe and the Gulf, more recently however local entrepreneurs have been turning to North America for partnerships, joint ventures and technical expertise.
All this said, Palestinians are extremely hospitable people, and it would be unheard of not to make a guest feel welcome in our country. It is very much the norm to discuss plans and opportunities over a cup of strong Arabic coffee or mint tea, or to be invited to dinner at a family home, or out to a restaurant for a meal. Also, politics are very much the topic of the day and if you want local insight, all you have to do is ask.
Pay no attention to what is said of the Palestinians on the news, we really are a generous, welcoming people with a strong drive to build our economy.
A prosperous Palestine truly is the strongest first step towards a lasting Just peace in the region.
Presenting some of Palestinian Business successful sector's:
Stone and Marble - Food Processing - Pharmaceuticals - Leather & Shoes - Textiles And Garments - Handicrafts - Tourism - Information and Communication Technology (ICT)