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Baghdad

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Arbil

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As Sulaymaniyah

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Kirkuk

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Karbala'

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`Aqrah

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Halabja

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Zakho

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Ur

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Tikrit

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Ctesiphon

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Kuwayt

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Dokan

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Babylon

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Mosul

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Al Hillah

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Erbil

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Baghdad

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  • Monuments and Memorials

    Baghdad Things to Do

    Visiting Al-Tahrir Square you will have no difficulty in taking a taxi for you will recognize it by its colors: red-white-red Soviet-made "Volga"s - at least when I was there... There is Saadun Monument at the place where Saadun Street connects with that square. Abdel Mohsen AsSaadoun was a great Iraqi national poet who fought against the...

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  • Sultan Palace Hotel

    Baghdad Hotels

    Al Tahariyat Square, Baghdad, 0101, IQ

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Traditions and Customs

    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...

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Arbil

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  • Read the signs in the way up to the...

    Arbil Things to Do

    They are also written in English, so in case that you do not understand Arabic they are very useful and tell you about the schedule of visits.

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  • Take a shared taxi

    Arbil Transportation

    That was the best way to get to Arbil from the border with Turkey.Drivers were waiting for you after the border and when they filled a car, they left.

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  • Inside the citadel

    Arbil Things to Do

    If I say the tructh, I was more impressed by the wall of the citadel seen from downtown Erbil (Arbil) than once inside of it. Most of the places were forbidden to visit and it was practically empty of people living inside. Only a man seems to live there, the porter. It looked a dead place. Anyway I enjoyed the view. I was told that there were some...

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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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Dahuk

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  • Buy melons on the road

    Dahuk Shopping

    They are cheap and delicious. The man who helped me to get from Lalish to Dahuk bough one during our journey. Melons adn beans normal price, it is not worth to bargain

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  • Buy a Mapamundi!

    Dahuk Shopping

    I love map and the one that I bought included Kursdistan in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. There are about 40 million Kurdish scattered in these four countries. a mapamundi! 4000 Iraqi dinars (about 2 and a half Euro)

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  • Going back to Turkey

    Dahuk Transportation

    Instead of taking several shared taxis from every village to the next one, I discovered that it was better to take a direct bus to my destination in Turkey, which was Anakara.The bus station is in the outskirts of Dahuk. Do not walk tehre, but negociate the price with a taxi driver, because I tried to walk but after half an hour or so people...

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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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`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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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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Zakho

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  • Take shared taxis

    Zakho Transportation

    It is the best way to move around. The buses are from Turkey, and hitch hiking is useful, but sometimes you have to wait long time under the hot sun, and often the drivers ask you money, so better share a taxi, there are cheap and the Iraqi Kurdistan is not a large country.Shared taxis go everywhere. I saw signs showing the road to Baghdad, Mosul...

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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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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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Dokan

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  • Tea stop in Dukan

    Dokan Restaurants

    After the boattrip and before we headed to Slemani we made in Dukan a short stop just in a local shop annex teahouse south of the bridge. Just to drink a tea or another drink, to have a toilet stop and to buy fresh water before we drove to Slemani. A pity we had no time to eat in Dukan, because I saw a lot of fresh fish at stalls and in containers...

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  • Boattrip in the late sunlight

    Dokan Things to Do

    We did a boattrip at the Dukan Lake on our way to Slemani. We arrived in the late afternoon. We were lucky, because of the late sunlight our boattrip between the rocks and mountains was almost magical. I enjoyed the different forms of the rocks and the changing of the colours by the sunlight. The reflections in the water were wonderful too. When...

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  • Boattrip at the Dokan Lake

    Dokan Things to Do

    On our way to Slemani we made a stop at Dukan, a resort town on the banks of the Dukan Lake, for a boattrip at the lake. The Dukan Lake is the largest man-made lake in Iraq. The lake s a popular place for boating for the local people.From the town you cross the river to the north. After you go down to the lake. There are lot of boats available...

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