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The Billion Dollar Gamble: A BBC World News special this weekend @Foxtel

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   American-Palestinian multi-millionaire, Bashar Masri with the BBC's Lyse Doucet.  image - supplied/BBC WorldwideANZ

American-Palestinian multi-millionaire, Bashar Masri with the BBC's Lyse Doucet.
image - supplied/BBC WorldwideANZ

Saturday 7th 7.30am, 4.30pm (AEDT)
Monday 9th 9.30am  (AEDT)
on BBC World

It’s the first planned Palestinian city: a billion dollar project to build homes for 25,000 people with a soccer stadium and even an amphitheatre, complete with Roman columns.

Rawabi is the vision of an American-Palestinian multi-millionaire, Bashar Masri, who has staked his fortune on a better future for his people.

Though the main building work is largely finished the project, like the peace process, has ground to a halt over disagreements between the Palestinians and the Israelis.  Lyse Doucet charts Masri’s progress over a year. She meets a family eager to move in, as well as critics, both Israeli and Palestinian. Can Masri finish the city? Or will events beyond his control get the better of his dream?

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