Posted on 25 March 2013.
The Sulaymaniyah Museum inaugurated a first section of its renovated exhibition halls displaying part of its rare and precious collection of historical objects embedded with ancient scripts.
The “In Writing” exhibition comes as a new milestone in the modernization project of the museum, which was initiated in 2010 with the technical support of UNESCO. The opening was also the occasion for UNESCO to reveal the Museum’s new Master Plan and architectural brief.
Under the auspices of the First Lady of Iraq, H.E. Hero Ibrahim Ahmad, and with the support of UNESCO Office in Iraq, the Sulaymaniyah Museum inaugurated on Thursday 19 March 2013 the exhibition entitled “In Writing: Objects from the collections of the Sulaymaniyah Museum”.
Organized in cooperation with Sulaymaniyah Governorate and the Department of Antiquity of Sulaymaniyah, and displayed on 170m² of renovated museum gallery, this prefiguration exhibition explores the achievements of mankind through objects featuring ancient writings from the Sulaymaniyah museum collections, the second largest in Iraq.
“Through the showcased objects, this exhibition highlights the unique richness of the cultural heritage of the region, including cuneiform masterpieces dating back to the 3rd Millennium BC. The state-of-the-art display of this exhibition creates a new relationship between the public and the museum collection. It is conceived to inspire the modernization not only of the Sulaymaniyah museum, but also of other museums in Iraq”, stated the Director of the UNESCO Office in Iraq Louise Haxthausen.
“After two years of work on upgrading the management and educational approaches of the Sulaymaniyah museum, UNESCO is more than satisfied with the results achieved”, she added, confirming UNESCO commitment to make the Sulaymaniyah Museum “a true regional landmark in the field of museology”. Mrs. Haxthausen also praised the First Lady’s contributions to safeguard Iraq’s cultural heritage, particularly in the Kurdistan region.
Posted in Education & Training
Posted on 28 August 2011.
Once the farms around the city of Sulaymaniyah provided all of the fruit and vegetables locals needed. Now climate change, pollution and illegal dumping in local waterways are forcing farmers out.
“We can no longer grow vegetables here, that time has come to an end,” lamented farmer Mohammed Aziz. “The water is so dirty that we don’t even dare get near it,” the 55-year-old said, pointing toward the Tanjero River, once a chief source of water for farming here.
Aziz used to grow vegetables and other crops but since major amounts of sewage began being discharged into this small river, he and his fellow farmers can no longer benefit from what they describe as once fertile land. The waters of the Tanjero River, which runs southwest of the city of Sulaymaniyah and flow into the Darbandikhan Lake, are now unsuitable for agricultural use.
“In the past, the water was not clean either,” Aziz admits. “But it was good enough and we used it. At that time, not all sewage went into the river. But now all of the sewage goes into the river and the river has become so polluted that farmers are being forced to leave their land and abandon agriculture.”
This has been confirmed by Nature Iraq, an environmental action group with links to United Nations eco-projects, that has initiated a community awareness project, called the Iraq Upper Tigris Waterkeeper Project. Nature Iraq has tested the waters of Tanjero and Darbandikhan Lake (pictured).
Posted in Agriculture
Posted on 21 December 2010.
IBN: New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2010/12/20/new-chinese-cement-factory-for-sulaymaniyah/
Posted on 20 December 2010.
Sinoma (Suzhou) Construction Company, a subsidiary of the Chinese Sinoma International Engineering, has signed a $112.5-million deal with Iraq-based investment firm Mass Iraq for the construction of a cement plant.
Both parties will build a cement plant with an annual capacity of 5,300 tons per day in Sulaymaniyah.
The scope of the deal includes the design, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning, trial production and the final examination by standard of the raw material storage to the whole production line.
The project is expected to take two years from the day the contract takes effect.
Sinoma International Engineering is engaged in manufacture and distribution of mechanical equipment, along with engineering and installation of cement production lines. The company operates its businesses in domestic and overseas markets.
Posted in Construction & Engineering
Posted on 23 September 2010.
From 6th November 2010 airberlin will be operating one non-stop flight each week from Düsseldorf to Erbil in Northern Iraq.
In addition the airline will also be offering fortnightly flights from Düsseldorf to Sulaymaniyah.
Many of the seats have already been booked by a tour operator.
The flights to Iraq are now available for booking online (airberlin.com), by calling the airline’s Service Centre (tel. 01805–737 800; 0.14 €/min. from a landline, mobile phone charges max. 0.42 €/min.) and in travel agencies.
Tickets to Arbil start at 459 euros including taxes, charges and topbonus miles (exclusive aviation tax) and tickets to Sulaymaniyah start at 509 euros, including taxes, charges and topbonus miles (excluding aviation tax).
Posted in Transportation
Posted on 29 April 2010.
Germany’s consul in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Oliver Schnackenberg, announced that a German economic office will be opened in Sulaimaniya next month.
The Governor of Sulaimaniya, Behrouz Mohamed Saleh, discussed the plan, and its role to support and promote business between Germany and the region, during his meeting with Schnackenberg.
He also requested that the German consul facilitate visits by citizens of Iraqi Kurdistan to Germany, by streamlining procedures for granting them visas.
Meanwhile the German consul said that the opening of the office will contribute to supporting German business to work in the region.
They also discussed the intention to open two German schools during the current year, one in Erbil and another in Sulaimaniya, to strengthen the bonds of cultural cooperation between Germany and the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
( Iraq Directory )
Posted in Industry & Trade
Posted on 04 October 2014.
By John Lee.
Turkish construction giant Enka has reportedly struck a deal with the Iraqi government to build two natural gas combined cycle plants in Baghdad and Sulaymaniyah.
The two projects combined are expected to provide 3,000 megawatts to the Iraqi grid.
According to the report from Daily Sabah, the deal, covering the construction of the plants, has an estimated value of around $4.5 billion [5.2 trillion Iraqi dinars].
Enka currently has four other construction projects in northern Iraq.
(Source: Daily Sabah)
[Picture: Enka project at West Qurna-2]
Posted in Construction & Engineering, Public Works
Posted on 28 September 2014.
This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Dire Straits: Baghdad’s Financial Blockade Of Iraqi Kurdistan Has Desired Effect
Since the beginning of the year the authorities in Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan have had a financial stand off.
The Iraqi Kurdish have done everything they can to support themselves, from exporting oil to asking for international loans. But now the situation is getting dire: more bankruptcies, less trade, stalled projects and despairing businessmen committing suicide.
Several weeks ago Sardar Gharib turned off his mobile phone and locked himself in his house. He no longer wanted to deal with the people who had loaned him money and who were now coming to ask him where the repayments were.
Gharib is a contractor working in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan and unfortunately he recently had to declare bankruptcy, with an estimated US$1.5 million in debts.
The debts have been incurred because almost all the projects that Gharib’s construction firm was working on have been postponed – a lot of them were funded by the government of the region, which has its own parliament, court system and military independent of the rest of Iraq.
And Gharib’s firm is not the only one facing these kinds of liquidity problems. The Kurdistan Investor’s Union, an association of Iraqi Kurdish businesspeople, says that, according to their count, 430 contractors and companies in a number of different fields have declared bankruptcy over the past six months. They count 250 in the Sulaymaniyah province of Iraqi Kurdistan, 110 in Erbil and 70 in the Dohuk area.
The main reason for this can be blamed on the Iraqi government in Baghdad’s so-called “financial blockade” of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Posted in Industry & Trade, Oil & Gas, Politics