Muhafazat Arbil Local Customs
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Enjoying tea in the central square
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Kurdish National Anthem
(Kurdish national anthem)HEY ENEMY !Hey enemy, the Kurdish nation is alive with its languageCan not be defeated by the weapons of any timeLet no one say Kurds are deadKurds are livingKurds are living, their flag will never fallWe, the youth are the red colour of the revolutionWatch our blood that we shed on this wayLet no one say Kurds are deadKurds are livingKurds are living, their flag will never fallWe are the children of Medya and KeyhusrewBoth our faith and religion are our homelandBoth our faith and religion are Kurd and KurdistanLet no one say Kurds are deadKurds are livingKurds are living, their flag will never fallThe Kurdish youth have risen like lionsTo adorn the crown of life with bloodLet no one say Kurds are deadKurds are livingKurds are living, their flag will never fallThe Kurdish youth are ever present andForever will be ready to sacrifice their livesSacrifice each life...
Cell phone cover and sim cards
Cell Phone CoverageYour cell phone and SIM card should work in Iraqi Kurdistan if roaming is activated. This incurs extra costs though and it may be cheaper to buy a local SIM card such as Korek or Asia Cell. Please note that your cell phone might have a SIM lock which would need to be removed before it will accept a new SIM card.We have had a report that a Talkmobile (England) SIM card could send and receive messages to other international numbers but not local Iraqi numbers.Setting Up a Local Mobile Number (with Korek) Visit a Korek office in Iraqi Kurdistan Provide a photocopy of your passport and a photograph of yourself Give your thumbprint as signature for the contract Pay 3,000 dinarsSetting Up Korek Mobile Internet Access (for 10 days) Make sure that you have a balance of at least 11,800 dinars ($10 USD) Send a blank text message to 9595 Adjust phone settings to: APN:...
TippingThere is no wide practice or expectation of tipping - it is OK to pay the price requested for a product or service, or leave some small change as a thank you.as the is not so high the waiter will definitly appreciate it if you leave some changes specially a little can make a big difference.
Changing MoneyThere are money exchange businesses in the cities but the best rates are often found in bazaars. Look out for men sitting on the kerb with large bundles of cash. Make sure you agree on a good rate before handing your money over.
Internet and Netcafes
*crInternetKurdistan Iraq has easy and cheap internet access. Internet is very common around the cities at internet cafes. . The cafes are very friendly but in order to avoid being price gouged it is best to ask a local how much the internet costs per an hour before agreeing to sit down. It is usually less than 50 S.P per hour (1$ US),
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