Iraq Travel Guide

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Iraq Highlights

  • Pro
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     People, cradel of civilization 

  • Con
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     Hot summers,dry cold winters! 

  • In a nutshell
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     a country that deserves peace 

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Arbil

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Arbil/Arbil-1795059/TravelGuide-Arbil.html

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Baghdad

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As Sulaymaniyah

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Kirkuk

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_at_Tamim/Kirkuk-1794635/TravelGuide-Kirkuk.html

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Zakho

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Dahuk/Zakho-1791332/TravelGuide-Zakho.html

4,10,0

Halabja

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_as_Sulaymaniyah/Halabja-2272208/TravelGuide-Halabja.html

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`Aqrah

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Dahuk/Aqrah-1797196/TravelGuide-Aqrah.html

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Karbala'

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Karbala/Karbala-1794662/TravelGuide-Karbala.html

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Kifri

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Diyala/Kifri-1794336/TravelGuide-Kifri.html

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Rawandoz

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Arbil/Rawandoz-1792844/TravelGuide-Rawandoz.html

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Barzan

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Arbil/Barzan-1796580/TravelGuide-Barzan.html

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Mosul

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Ninawa/Mosul-1797346/TravelGuide-Mosul.html

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Tikrit

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Salah_ad_Din/Tikrit-1791634/TravelGuide-Tikrit.html

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Ctesiphon

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Baghdad/Ctesiphon-1791710/TravelGuide-Ctesiphon.html

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An Nasiriyah

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Dhi_Qar/An_Nasiriyah-1797210/TravelGuide-An_Nasiriyah.html

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An Najaf

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_an_Najaf/An_Najaf-1797215/TravelGuide-An_Najaf.html

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Alqosh

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Ninawa/Alqosh-1797300/TravelGuide-Alqosh.html

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Al `Amadiyah

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Dahuk/Al_Amadiyah-1797707/TravelGuide-Al_Amadiyah.html

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Ur

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Dhi_Qar/Ur-1791456/TravelGuide-Ur.html

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Balad

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Salah_ad_Din/Balad-1796728/TravelGuide-Balad.html

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At Taji

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Salah_ad_Din/At_Taji-1796923/TravelGuide-At_Taji.html

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Tall `Afar

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Ninawa/Tall_Afar-1791795/TravelGuide-Tall_Afar.html

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Kuwayt

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Salah_ad_Din/Kuwayt-1794170/TravelGuide-Kuwayt.html

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Kani Masi

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Diyala/Kani_Masi-1794725/TravelGuide-Kani_Masi.html

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Dokan

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_as_Sulaymaniyah/Dokan-1795971/TravelGuide-Dokan.html

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Babylon

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Babil/Babylon-1796805/TravelGuide-Babylon.html

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Al Kufah

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_an_Najaf/Al_Kufah-1797389/TravelGuide-Al_Kufah.html

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Al Hillah

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_Babil/Al_Hillah-1797537/TravelGuide-Al_Hillah.html

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Darbandikhan

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Middle_East/Iraq/Muhafazat_as_Sulaymaniyah/Darbandikhan-1798317/TravelGuide-Darbandikhan.html

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Arbil

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  • Qaysari Bazaar

    Arbil Things to Do

    A must when visiting Erbil is a wander through Qaysari Bazaar in the downtown area, which has been recently reconstructed using traditional architecture, You will find everything from stalls selling fresh fruit, organic Kurdish cheese or honey, shoes, electronics, clothes and also a chance to buy souvenirs such as kalash (hand-made white Kurdish...

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  • Mudhafaria Minaret

    Arbil Things to Do

    The Choli or Mudhafaria Minaret (Arabic: ÇáãÆÐäÉ ÇáãÙÝÑíÉý) is a minaret located in Erbil Iraq.The minaret is 36 m high, and was built in 1190–1232 AD (586–630 AH) Brick built it is situated in the corner of Minare Park , remnants of the glazed blue tiles which would have decorated it are clearly visible on the leeward side, Acess would have been...

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  • Citadel Visit

    Arbil Things to Do

    Settled around 6.000 years ago, Erbil Citadel is one of the longest continuously inhabited sites in the world. The citadel, which rises some 30 meters above the surrounding area is a elliptical shaped town comprising of mainly traditional brick built courtyard houses some of the most important buildings include mosques, a hammam ( public baths )...

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Baghdad

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  • Iraqi Friends

    Baghdad Local Customs

    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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  • Al Rasheed Hotel

    Baghdad Hotels

    I have not accommodated personally in this hotel,but the entrance of it was truely a state of...

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  • Recent Reports

    Baghdad Local Customs

    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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As Sulaymaniyah

  • Culture Dos and donts

    As Sulaymaniyah Local Customs

    Cultural Do’s and Don’ts Do:(U) Do be prepared for people to smoke in different venues.(U) Do expect that in many Kurdish households seating is arranged on the floor.(U) Do give women the opportunity to avoid physical contact with men. Handshakes between the sexes may be allowed; a two-handed handshake is especially welcoming.(U) Do be respectful...

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  • Kurdish National Anthem

    As Sulaymaniyah Local Customs

    (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...

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  • Language time

    As Sulaymaniyah Local Customs

    English KurdishHello Mrhaba -roj bashGoodbye bakhatrita Thank you Supas You’re welcome Sar ChavaHow are you? Choni?Are you well? Bashi I’m fine, thank you Bashim Supas What’s your name? Navi ta chiya My name is John Navi min John What would you like to drink? chi vakhi?Tea (without sugar) chai shakir?PleaseWhere is the bazaar? Kani Bazaar?Where is...

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Kirkuk

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  • School Pride

    Kirkuk Things to Do

    Right outside one of the Iraqi schools, the teachers decided to paint a mural. Unfortunately they forgot to use spell check ; )

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  • Operation Crayon continued...

    Kirkuk Things to Do

    Couldn't resist posting one more picture inside from inside an Iraqi school. They kids seem to be having a blast!

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  • Street Urchins

    Kirkuk Things to Do

    While convoys are travelling through Iraqi territory, they frequently encounter many children who aren't in school. They have a tendency to swarm around convoys if they stop looking for handouts.They're commonly referred to by military personnel as "Street Urchins".

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Zakho

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  • To Dohuk and Silopi

    Zakho Transportation

    Ask any taxi to take you to Karaj Dohuk, a patch of wasteground some distance from town where shared taxis wait for Dohuk-bound passengers. Iraqi taxis only take four passengers, and as this is close to a border and Dohuk is a major city not too far away, you won't have to wait long. 6000 dinars (roughly £3.50) is all it costs for the hour long...

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  • The rest of Zaxo

    Zakho Things to Do

    On the way to the bridge, you'll see a huge Kurdish flag on a traffic roundabout. These are a big feature of Kurdistan, and every town has several fluttering away in prime locations...but I didn't know that at the time, so took a few photos. Apart from the bridge and the flag, Zaxo is a fairly scruffy sort of place...friendly, and not unpleasant,...

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  • Piro Delal (Stone Bridge)

    Zakho Things to Do

    Zaxo's big attraction is the old stone bridge over the River Habur. It's not the easiest thing to find without a map, and Zaxo is bigger than it seems at first. Head to the big roundabout with the enormous Kurdish flag at the end of the main street, and turn right, which will take you down to the riverside, and the bridge is about 5 minutes' walk...

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Halabja

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  • By bus from Slemani

    Halabja Transportation

    Slemani is the obvious starting point for a visit to Halabja, and the distance isn't huge so you can easily make it there and back in a day, provided you start early enough. Ask your hotel owners how to get to Halabja, as buses don't leave from the main karaj, but from a smaller one some distance from the centre...we took a taxi, but found our way...

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  • Walk around town

    Halabja Things to Do

    Halabja is quite a dreary town, understandable given its history, but it is a living place with a small market area and a couple of parks on the outskirts. People are very friendly, but we got the feeling that they are a bit sick of visitors who come just to see the graves and the monument and don't spend any time in the town itself. Some of the...

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  • The Cemetery

    Halabja Things to Do

    The other "sight" in Halabja is the town cemetery, where row upon row of white tombstones commemorate the victims who died at the scene of the attacks. Many of the wounded were taken to Iran where some later died, so there is another Halabja Cemetery in Tehran. Others are still "missing". Two mass graves are also marked, each containing more than a...

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Dahuk

See all 8 Dahuk Tips
  • Al-Jazira Bookshop

    Dahuk Shopping

    At the western end of Kawa Street, look out for the tiny Al-Jazira Bookshop. It might seem like an odd recommendation, but even if you don't speak or read Kurdish or Arabic, you might be interested in buying a map of the region or a Kurdish flag. If you do read Arabic, then you can pick up a semi-useful Kurdish phrasebook (optimistically entitled...

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  • Shared Taxis

    Dahuk Transportation

    Getting to Erbil/Hewler is simple. By the Hotel Bircin (big hotel on Kawa Street, can't miss it) are several taxi offices which run services to Erbil and beyond. For 20,000 dinars, your taxi driver will take you and three other passengers to wherever you want to go in Erbil (ask for Bazaar-e Qaysari for the centre of things). One concern is that...

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  • Azadi Panorama

    Dahuk Things to Do

    Touristic signposts all over town point you towards the Azadi Panorama, but nobody seemed to know what on earth it was. I tried following the signs, but they didn't really lead me anywhere, so i gave up....until my taxi driver coming back from Amedi drove past it and pointed it out. The Azadi Panorama will be a brand new park with a stunning view...

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`Aqrah

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  • Where to find food

    `Aqrah Restaurants

    Akre isn't a touristy place, and there isn't really the culture of eating out here as there is in other Kurdish cities. I noticed a bakery and a basic snack place on the main square behind the bazar, and that was about it in Old Akre. In the newer part, there is a "touristik restyrant" on the main road close to the Hotel Sepal, although it looked...

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  • Zarvia Dji: the summit

    `Aqrah Things to Do

    Although Akre is very much a Muslim town now, with a not very visible Christian minority, it once had a sizeable Jewish population, and if you clime to the top of Zarvia Dji, you can see the remains of a holy Jewish site. I'm not entirely sure what it was, but the ruins are fairly extensive so there's probably more to it than just an ancient...

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  • By Taxi from Erbil or Dohuk

    `Aqrah Transportation

    Shared taxis leave from Erbil's Karaj-e Shimaal (Northern Garage), a few hundred metres north of the citadel and within walking distance of the bazar area if you haven't got too much luggage and are prepared to ask for directions on the way. Akre isn't a popular destination, so i had to wait for ages, and eventually came to an agreement with a...

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Mosul

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  • Night Life in the big city of Mosul,...

    Mosul Nightlife

    No night life, I spent 32 months in Mosul, Iraq. This was not one of my favorite vacation spots in the world. I met a bunch of people who I worked with and who I will never forget. Wait we did have somewhat of a night-life. Wed. night was our Texas Holdem' night until the Army raided us, and 5 friends got fired. But they did have a movie theater on...

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  • The Monastery

    Mosul Things to Do

    The thing that makes this special is that there is such a beautiful place in the middle of a War Zone. If at any point they open up Iraq for civilian travel I would strongly recommend that you go there. This building has been thru a lot and still gives you a feeling of joy when you enter it. You can see where it's been hit by a Rocket, it caused...

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Tikrit

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  • Sunken Mosque

    Tikrit Things to Do

    This quite small mosque was built in depression, possibly man-made, in the earth. From certain directions only the blue dome is visible above the ground. It is one of only two mosques to be found in Sadam's palace compound.

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  • WAR

    Tikrit Warnings and Dangers

    Self-explanatory, I think.Leisure Tourism will quite a while coming to Tikrit, considering currrent events.

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  • Tikrit Bridge

    Tikrit Things to Do

    Destroyed in the War, it has recently been repaired and now carries significant amounts of area traffic across the Tigris River. If and when you drive across it you won't be able to miss the hulking mass of Sadam's Palace, supposedly built for his dear Mama, on the bluff.

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