Baghdad Travel Guide

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Baghdad Highlights

  • Pro
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     Ancient history, affable people, a huge cariety of stores and restaurants 

  • Con
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     Danger at every street corner 

  • In a nutshell
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     When Iraq is safe many people will come to see it! 

Baghdad Things to Do

  • Visiting the Museums

    Here are some outstanding museums that were open when I was in Baghdad:Iraq Museum;Museum of Iraqi Art ;Popular Costume and Folklore ;Museum of National History;College of Arts Museum; War Museum; Agargouf Museum; National Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Iraqi Art Pioneers

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  • Zawra Park in Karkh

    Zawra Park in Karkh, the western half of the city, is another attractive destination in Baghdad. It’s located in Damascus Street.You can find lots of amusements here:children games, a zoo, exhibitions, a tourist’s map, an open-air theater, fountains, sculptures, lakes, coffee-shops, restaurants, sandwich kiosks, the Zawra Olympic Pool, the Zawra...

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  • Old Mosques

    I remember approaching one of the numerous mosques in the capital and walking around it. There are several old mosques in Baghdad known for their domes and minarets, magnificent arabesques, glazed-tile walls and superb calligraphy characteristic of the Islamic architecture.Observing the interior of the mosque you can feel the air of the Islamic...

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Baghdad Restaurants

  • Famous Kebab Grills

    Tasting Kebab grills (grilled liver and hearts) is also a must for the visitors of Baghdad.Great memories!>>>>>>

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  • Major Tourist Restaurants

    A number of first-class restaurants were built in the city in the seventies of the last century.Excellent food and drinks are served there.These are those places that were popular at least during my stay in Iraq:Khan Murjan in Samawal Street;Candles ("Shumu"), in Sa'doun Street;The Asian in Jadiriya;Venice in Jadiriya;The Wharf (Marsa Al-Zawariq),...

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  • Mann Al sama

    This is the national`s Dessert.made from wheat and filled with pistachio ,but this package is from a place that does the best Mann Al Sama across Baghdad(so my cousins tell me).To me it tastes a bit exotic(even though I am from the Arab region).

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Baghdad Nightlife

  • Downtown Nightlife

    Here are some nightclubs that were open in the capital when I was there I don’t know about now, I strongly doubt it…Lialina, Baghdad Hotel;Moulin Rouge, Uqba bin Nafi Square; Thousand and One Nights, Sa'doun Street;The Ambassadors, Masbah;Local, Masbah;Al-Lile, Sa'doun Street;Nujoum, Sa'doun Street; Hindiya, Masbah. casual

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  • Abu-Nawas Street

    Visiting Abu-Nawas Street overlooking the Tigris you are sure to find all sorts of night entertainment in that kilometers-long embankment street in Baghdad. informal

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  • Nightime Exploration

    It was nice to have a walk in that square at night at that time.I don't think it would be a good idea now...I keep my fingers crossed... casual

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Baghdad Transportation

  • 'Iraqi Airways'

    By plane: "Iraqi Airways" flew then, I don't know if it operates now. Baghdad has a spacious international airport located about ten miles from downtown Baghdad.

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  • Southern Iraq

    This is the map of southern Iraq with the city of Samawa where I worked for a year as an interpreter at a cement plant built by the Soviet Union in the seventies. You can also see the place of Ur and Lake Sawa where we used to bathe every week and sometimes even went fishing.

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  • Map of Distances

    Here is the map of distances between the cities in Iraq. I often traveled from Samawa to the capital (271 km) and to the International Airport.

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Baghdad Shopping

  • Local Handicrafts

    Coppersmiths' Market: shopping/window shopping or just visiting it will provide you lots of memories. Different handicrafts, above all copper things. $10-$20

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  • Souvenir of Your Visit

    Do you want a souvenir of your visit to Iraq? Baghdad's famous souqs and bazaars have a vast variety of lovely oriental objects. You will find them mostly just off Rashid Street, between Martyrs (Shuhada) Bridge and Ahrar Bridge.One of the most interesting is the Coppersmith Souq, where copper is still beaten in the old traditional way into pots...

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  • Duty Free For Me

    You can get a sandwich, an oil painting, a cup of coffee or a bottle of hooch. After 4 months on a military base it is an oasis of items.Of course on the way back you notice how little it has especially compared to the Dubai Duty Free. Saddam Money, bayonets, antiques.

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Baghdad Local Customs

  • Iraqi Friends

    Since my high school, where I teach English, is located at the medical university campus, I have met a lot of students from Iraq, and many of them are from Baghdad.We made friends and often exchange a couple of words with each other.They know I stayed in Iraq for one year, even though it was not last year, and they decided I should be their...

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  • Recent Reports

    A Trip to Iraq – I found this amazing page at one of the Russian web sites that you may not be able to find or to read. I decided to translate the photo inscriptions for you here.Please take a look at the recent pictures of Baghdad made by Artemiy Lebedev, a Russian journalist, in April 2011, who, as he put it, must have been the only Russian who...

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  • Iraqis' National Passion

    I would say tea is the national passion of the Iraqis. It is usually served in small istakans (glasses). Coffee is rather rare. It is served only to special guests on special occasions. I remember I drank coffee only once or twice during my entire one-year stay in Iraq.Iraqi vodka called Arak is made of dates/grapes and is flavored with aniseed or...

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Baghdad Warnings and Dangers

  • Mosquito Bites

    Since Samawa is located on the banks of the Euphrates in a sandy area, we felt we were in a mosquito-danger area. I had to be aware of the terrible invisible mosquitoes that bit on the back side of the palm. They must have been sand fleas, but I am not sure. We called them “Pindino mosquito”. I still don't know what that means, but I did see the...

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  • Iraqi Rivers

    Bathing in the Iraqi rivers is out of the question: they are too polluted. The Tigris and the Euphrates get shallow in the summer. This is the picture of the shallow Euphrates in July when the temperature was +58 Centigrade. You can only walk along its bank (what used to be a river bottom) and please: do not try to bathe there. No experiments,...

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  • Things go "BOOM!"

    It's Baghdad, need I say more? Seriously, though, the International or "Green" Zone is a relatively safe place.For women in particular, though, I would recommend a male companion after dark... I don't go out alone either, so don't want to sound sexist!

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Baghdad Tourist Traps

  • Riding a Camel

    Riding a camel can be quite expensive in Iraq: up to/from $20. Think carefully if you really want to have that service available in many places in the south.

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  • Get inside Saddam's Hand

    If you give $5 to the local Iraqi guy "guarding" the parade field, you can climb up inside the hand. I got into the hand for $2, so feel free to haggle!

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  • Where ever you are...

    Here in Baghdad the term "Tourist Trap" takes on a whole new meaning. My advice? Stay off all highways, streets and alleys and especially stay away from hotels, police stations, soldiers and any other high priority target. If you must drive, drive fast. Don't let local cars butt into your convoy. Do not drive over or near ANYTHING-it could be a...

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Baghdad What to Pack

  • Packing List

    a normal suitcase In winter the weather tends to be cold. The temperature may often drop to zero centigrade. You have to have warm clothes then.To prevent insect/mosquito bites, bring lightweight long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat to wear outside, whenever possible. - Take enough everyday prescription medicines from home to last during...

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  • What to Expect

    Iraq's climate varies in accordance with the four seasons.Winter:In December, January and February, it tends to be cold. Temperatures may sometimes drop to below zero centigrade. Then it is cold indeed, especially in the dry area where I used to work for a year. Warm woolen clothes are then necessary. Overcoats or raincoats may in some days be...

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  • Don't be affraid to "Accessorize"

    Helmet and flak vest are recommended for most spots. I go NOWHERE without my Deep Woods Off (mosquito repellant) between February and November.

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Baghdad Off The Beaten Path

  • Armenian Church

    This church is also known as Church of the Virgin Mary.It is located in Midan square, Rashid Street.This is one of the oldest churches in Baghdad. It originally belonged to the Nestorians before its ownership was transferred to the Armenian Orthodox community. Especially interesting is its annual service in celebration of the Assumption of the...

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  • Firnas Monument

    The monument is located on the way to Baghdad International Airport.It was made by Iraqi sculptor Badri Al-Samarra'i. Abbas bin Firnas, a philosopher, a poet and an inventor , lived in Andalusia, Spain, in the 9th century, in the reign of the Umayad Caliph Abdul Rahman II. He formulated his own theories about the possibility of human flight, in...

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  • Abu Nuwas Tourist Complex

    It was built in Abu Nuwas Island (once called Pigs Island) in the middle of the Tigris. It is made up of 40 furnished and air-conditioned apartments in groups of ten, each with bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and a TV. The Complex has a large restaurant for inmates and visitors and a big swimming pool. The woods around it were turned into beautiful...

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Baghdad Sports & Outdoors

  • City Stadiums

    As you may know, the Iraqi soccer team has been very successful at different championships, even at the world level.The team has a good stadium at its disposal: the International Stadium in Baghdad.Here is the list of the stadiums I know of :People's International Stadium, Muthanna Street;Scouts Stadium, Al-Imam al-Adham Street – Tel.2840314th July...

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  • Sports Clubs

    Here is a list of some sports clubs (with their phone numbers) in Baghdad that was valid at the time when I was there:Iraqi Hunting Club, Mansour - Tel. 5513244; Iraqi Horsemanship Club, at Zawra Sports Club - Tel. 8884264; Zawra Sports Club Jaffa St., Karradat Mariam - Tel. 32268; Adhamiya Sports Club, Haibat Khatoun,Adhamiya - Tel. 29219 Karkh...

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Baghdad Favorites

  • Coat-of-Arms

    The coat-of-arms represents Saladdin’s Eagle with a shield containing the colors of the Arab unity.The inscription between the green stars runs, Allahu Akbar! (Allah Is Great!).The inscription on the plaque that the eagle holds contains the name of the country.

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  • Iraqi Dates

    Tasting some dates that are abundant in Iraq. The palm tree is considered to be one of the oldest trees in the world. It is often called "the tree of the first life". They say Iraq is the first home of that immortal tree. The country produces hundreds of thousands of tons of dates every year - 40% of the world dates production. The curious Iraqis...

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  • National Anthem

    I am not sure about how it is now, but at that time it was like this.In accordance with Decision No. 851, dated June 3, 1981 and adopted by the Revolution Command Council, the original music of the anthem called in Arabic Ardul-Furatain (Land of the Two Rivers) became as of July 17, 1981 the National Anthem of the Iraqi Republic.Text: Shafiq...

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