Residents of the village have not abandoned their village to this day, so its residents of grandparents and grandchildren are attached to it and they have a strong desire to return. We see this by seeing their usual activities in it every week (such as the restoration of the two churches and the desire to restore the mosque). The best that can be heard among its residents.
The village was revived and planned based on the number of its original inhabitants in 2020, in terms of housing, public buildings and economic life to meet their needs, and therefore most of the jobs were provided in the village in an equal manner with the aim of re-establishing and encouraging its residents to return. The distribution of the blocks was taken into consideration while preserving the trees spread in the village and planted by the Jewish National Fund.
The old village center
What left behind after the war was only the two churches, the mosque, and some traces of those houses remained in it, and some documents were brought by the villagers after the destruction that occurred, then the occupation planted forests over the village.
From here, work began on the village, in terms of the layers, from temples, forests, and the borders of the buildings that were demolished.
The idea is to transform the area from a residential area to a cultural and tourist center that brings together the people of the village and tourists at an important point that brings back memories and history to them.
As for the buildings that were completely or partially demolished, they were divided into three cases, according to the function and activities that will take place in that area.
-1 Building a part of the demolished completely, as it was previously in terms of construction and materials.
-2 Expanding buildings with new boundaries, using different building materials.
-3 Not to build part of what was previously destroyed, and explain its effects on the floor of the village.
And this is for the occasion of the job, whether opening a new street or a square, etc.
The general idea is to preserve the identity, heritage, culture, to preserve life, and to restore the soul in it, so a residential area was developed for the people of the village, distributed on the second floors of those buildings, with their own circulation area separated from Public area. While the public area consists of a shopping center and restaurants distributed on the facades of the first floors.
There is an indoor sports center, and it consists of playgrounds on the outer borders of the village center.
A cultural area has been set up in the middle of the village center, in which they carry out various cultural activities (music, art, Dabkeh, knitting, embroidery, etc.).
In front of it there are two churches, and a yard has been created that connects them to the mosque, with a museum that is an external and internal exhibition, the area is formed at the highest point in the whole village, so that people go up to the second floor that reveals the whole village, from the park to the agricultural lands in the south of the village.
Tourism includes a complete program that tourists use as a guide in touring the village and its surroundings. A hostel for tourists was provided on the other side of the main entrance to the village center.
From the old village center of market, restaurants, cultural performances and museum, there is a park consisting of ball fields, playground, a pool of water as an aesthetic element among the forests of trees, large theater for large shows (accommodate about 1500 to 2000 people), camping and barbecue area.
As for the area below the main street, the street was transformed into a tunnel and the park area was opened directly with the archaeological area, a large part of it was found in it ancient ruins dating back to the Roman and Byzantine times so that many olive presses and winepresses were found. Caves, and old household appliances from flasks, pottery, etc.
This area and its monuments were strengthened by placing a museum at the beginning of the path, connected to an olive and wine press, to be displayed and sold. Grapes were cultivated on the opposite lands for use in the factory, in addition to bringing grapes from the neighboring villages to produce wine. This area separates from the lower one by another main street, through which the express train passes from underground, then down there is farms, and the defunct.
For tourism in agricultural lands, the idea of tasting agricultural products was used. And walk in those areas and help farmers in picking.
Tourism is not limited to the village of Maalul only, but rather in the surrounding areas, because of the historical and religious monuments it contains.
Housing was distributed in several areas that have a strong connection with the neighboring areas, in addition to converting the settlement located in the village into a residential area, but - after re-planning
- with preserving the blocks, with the aim of erasing the identity of the settlement. The housing was designed to meet the needs of the number of Palestinian speeding people (5-4members), in addition to keeping pace with our time in building multi-storey housing, to accommodate a larger number of residents. The design was based on the traditional Palestinian style in a modern way, combining several dwellings with a common yard (Al-Housh). As for the type of housing, it has been relying on rural housing (meaning that each house owns a plot of agricultural land) to meet their needs.
The income of the village is mainly derived from the cultivation of the plain area. This was also helped by the presence of an artificial water pool, and thus a group of markets for agricultural products was established near the entrance to the village with the aim of trading in the surrounding areas. And to support these products, spaces were created for light industries such as canning, drying, olive oil and wine production.