Duma, palestine


The road to Duma is bordered by luscious olive groves on each side, a sure sign of this village’s agricultural importance. Set against a hill with a mosque proudly protruding at the top, Duma is a quiet, relaxed and unassuming place. However, the stunning views of Jordan, the valley, springs and caves are certainly worth making a noise about. The town was the subject of a Livelihood Enhancement Project from the seventh European Commission. The residents still largely rely on irrigated crops, fruit orchards, olive groves and livestock for food.

Population: 2,220 (2006)

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What To Do

Take a stroll through Duma to its outskirts, where the panoramic views are some of the best in the entire West Bank. Centuries-old, crumbling buildings speckle the adjacent hills, while the awe-inspiring Jordan valley opens up below, spreading far and wide in both directions. On a clear day, the shores of the Dead Sea can be spotted in the distance.

The natural springs that surround Duma – and helped it become an agricultural hotspot – can be visited. A small spring lies at the end of the road heading out of town, if you turn right upon first arriving. Here it has been adapted into a system for feeding animals and watering crops. There are other, larger springs in the surrounding area, such as Phasael springs, which are now under Israeli control. This means the water can only be used by the nearby Israeli settlements, and not the Palestinians.

Where To Eat

There is no fine dining restaurant in Duma, but you may be able to purchase some of the freshest, most delicious olives you have ever tasted.

Where To Stay

The thriving city of Nablus is only 25km away.