The symposium titled: “Advancing religious tourism to Palestine, particularly Jerusalem”, organized by the Representative Office of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the State of Palestine in cooperation withthe Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Al-Quds Affairs, has recommended the activation of cooperation between the official Palestinian agencies represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on one hand and the OIC General Secretariat on the other, to open the road for Islamic tourism that would increase the number of Muslim tourist arrivals in Jerusalem.
The recommendations also included promoting tourism to Palestine, especially Jerusalem at the Islamic level through literature, promotional materials, exhibitions and conferences held by tourism offices in the Muslim world. The workshop also recommended that religious edicts (fatwas) issued by the OIC International Islamic Fiqh Academy in 2015, the Palestinian Daar al Iftaa and by the meeting of Muslim scholars held in Jordan under the theme: Road to Jerusalem should be disseminated. The speakers recommended that implementable strategies should be developed to encourage tourism from Islamic countries to Jerusalem.
Participants in the workshop included the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Rola Muaya’ah, Minister of Al-Quds Affairs, Adnan Al-Huseini, Mufti of Al-Quds and Palestine Sheikh Muhammad Husein, the Sharia Chief Judge Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habash, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Teysir Jardat, and Archbishop Attallah Hana. Other participants were the ambassadors of Jordan and Morocco, the representative of OIC to the State of Palestine, Ambassador Ahmad Ruweidhi, and several representatives of Palestinian tourism institutions in Al-Quds.