RAMALLAH, West Bank — Like many around the world, Riyad al-Amleh, a Palestinian from the West Bank, has a passion for collecting classic cars, an expensive hobby most of the time.
Things are even more challenging for vintage vehicle lovers in Palestine where there is no factory for classic cars, and they are difficult to import from abroad due to their high cost. This did not stop Amleh from holding on to his childhood passion and dream of one day having his own classic car.
Amleh, a 45-year-old from the town of Qabalan, south of the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, has recently finished the manufacturing of a classic car that he has called “Nouh,” after his youngest son.
The coronavirus lockdown, imposed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stem the outbreak of COVID-19, was Amleh’s opportunity to dedicate his time to manufacturing his