The Arab Economic Summit,
19-20 January 2009,
State of Kuwait

The State of Palestine


Head of state Mr.Mahmoud Abbas is the President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and the President of the "State of Palestine" .

Geography

Jerusalem is the capital .Palestine, currently under occupation, is located on the East coast of the Mediterranean Sea, West of Jordan and to the south of Lebanon. The territory of Palestine covers around 10,435 square miles.

Climate

The climate of Palestine for the greater part of the year is pleasant. Summer temperatures reach 35° centigrade and in the winter temperature may drop to Zero.

The country is highly influenced by the Mediterranean Sea breeze that comes around mid-day. However, it is affected by annual waves of hot, dry, sandy and dust winds which originate from the Arabian Desert during the months of April, May and mid-June.

Currency The Jordanian Dinar is the official currency , 1 Jordanian dinar is divided into 1,000 fils.

Economy

Olives is one of the most planted trees in these regions. There are almonds, apples and others. Also, there are patches of plains scattered around in this region and these are fully utilized: they are planted wheat, barely, lentils in winter and vegetables during the summer (mostly tomatoes, melons, maize and other vegetation that stands the hot weather).

Industries: generally small family businesses that produce cement textiles, soap, olive-wood carvings, and mother-of-pearl souvenirs.

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