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 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 08 December 2013.
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.
In Iraqi Kurdistan, Workers Pay for Boom Town with Their Lives
While many locals are celebrating the building boom in Iraqi Kurdistan, there are also casualties. The number of deaths on construction sites has doubled over the past year and workers say that they’re paying for the region’s boom with their lives.
Mustafa Ali was working on a construction site in the northern city of Sulaymaniyah when he was asked to move a large piece of material that would be part of the electrical system of the building he was working on.
“It weighed more than a ton,” says his son, Azad. “And even together with two other men, it was too heavy to carry. The plate then fell on my father and he died,” he explains. “It is a tragedy, his place is empty. And now that he is gone, I have to be the man of our family – I will not be able to finish my education.”
Unfortunately Mustafa Ali, who was 57 when he died, is not the only construction worker to suffer death and injury on one of the many construction sites in the booming region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The semi-autonomous area has its own military, parliament and legal system and, compared to the rest of Iraq at the moment, is secure and stable.
This, and the fact that the region has an oil industry, has made cities like Sulaymaniyah and the capital, Erbil, a magnet for foreign firms wanting to do business in Iraq. As a result business is booming and there is a lot of construction work in the region that is drawing workers from outside the region who want to earn a better living. At the same time though, the number of workplace deaths is rising. This year there are reports that 62 workers died while on the job in Iraqi Kurdistan – more than twice the number that died at work here in 2012.
Posted in Construction & Engineering
Posted on 27 November 2013.
Subsequent to ENKA’s contract awards to GEA Heat Exchangers for the Erbil and Sulaymaniyah power stations in the north of Iraq, the leading Turkish construction company ENKA has for the third time made a choice for two air-cooled condensers from GEA Heat Exchangers.
As with the two previous power stations, the gas turbine power stations operated by Mass Global Holding Ltd. – this time in Duhouk, near the northern border of Iraq – will be converted to combined cycle power plants (steam and gas).
GEA Heat Exchangers obtained the order for planning and delivery of the air-cooled condensers, with project execution in the hands of its subsidiary GEA Energietechnik. The air-cooled condensers are scheduled to go into operation in 2015.
Christoph Michel, Segment President of GEA Heat Exchangers:
“We are pleased that we succeeded in convincing our customer by our previous good collaboration and our professional project management of the two previous projects. And we are happy to deliver the third facility of this type and size to ENKA.”
In regions with dry climate and water shortage, dry cooling systems, with their minimal water consumption, are ideal for power plants. This is possible because air-cooled condensers liquefy the turbine steam by means of ambient air, and the resulting condensate remains in the water-steam cycle of the power plant.
Posted in Construction & Engineering
Posted on 21 November 2013.
By Tom Walker, Director, Assaye Risk
The Ankara dance with Erbil and Baghdad continued for much of this reporting period as Turkey’s President Erdogan continues to tread a fine balance between multiple regional stakeholders in the hope of neutralizing the al Qaeda (AQ) threat in northern Syria and of maximizing to potential of the regions natural resources.
The president of Iraqi Kurdistan visited southeastern Turkey for the first time in two decades on Saturday, a trip meant to shore up support for a flagging Kurdish peace process and to secure much needed support for a trilateral approach to tackling the flow and strength of AQ operations on a porous Turkish southern flank.
Ankara, Erbil and Baghdad are becoming much more concerned about the influence, aims and clout of Kurdish militias in Syria, some of who are not aligned with Erbil’s government and who have confirmed jihadist leanings. The recent declaration by said militias, which lays out plans for a north Syria regional administration, have been met with skepticism and little approval from regional powers, mainly due to the fact they feel this is the making of a deal with the government of Bashar al-Assad, to whom Ankara and Erbil are overtly opposed. Of concern is whether this deal does materialize and whether al-Assad will use the Kurdish militias to further erode the capability of the Syrian opposition, whom Ankara and Erbil both support.
There are a number of balances to be struck here by both Iraq and Turkey, all of which have an affect on security in the long term. “The most critical issue is how to set up a new balance in the Ankara-Erbil-Baghdad triangle,” columnist Fehim Tastekin wrote on Middle Eastern news website Al-Monitor however there is also the question of how do both countries balance their regional relationships and plays when potentially both want Kurdish militias to further erode the AQ capability in the region all the while acknowledging that these same militias may also be in the business of striking deals with Damascus?
Posted in Politics, Security, Weekly Security Update