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Sulaymaniyah Museum Opens its Renovated Halls

Sulaymaniyah Museum Opens its Renovated Halls

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.

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Polluted Waterways could End Agriculture around Sulaymaniyah

Polluted Waterways could End Agriculture around Sulaymaniyah

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).

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IBN: New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah h…

IBN: New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah

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New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah

New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah

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.

(Source: WCN)

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Air Berlin to Start Regular Services to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah

Air Berlin to Start Regular Services to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah

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 (, 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).

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Germany Opens Economic Office in Sulaymaniyah Next Month

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 )

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More than 370,000 Newly Displaced People in Iraq

More than 370,000 Newly Displaced People in Iraq

With security in Iraq continuing to deteriorate, field teams from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have delivered emergency assistance and are gathering information on the needs and locations of large numbers of displaced people.

Because of the ongoing fighting, the teams are unable to reach some areas of the governorates of Ninewa, Salah al-Din, Baghdad and Diyala, epicenters of the violence in the country.

IOM has mapped and identified the needs of 375,354 newly displaced people in 390 locations in Iraq during June alone and distributed non-food items to 17,340 people located in the governorates of Ninewa, Erbil and Sulaymaniah.

The most pressing needs of the displaced are for essential items such as clothes, coolers and household items, including basic furniture, and 73 per cent of the population requires food support. Needs for shelter and health care for children are also top priorities.

Despite major disruption caused by ongoing security threats, IOM is also coordinating with several embassies to assist in the evacuation of third-country nationals stranded inside Iraq. IOM is currently facilitating the evacuation of seven Nepalese nationals in Kirkuk.

IOM’s main focus is gathering and verifying information on the location and needs of the displaced in order to inform the ongoing humanitarian response.

Fighting and hundreds of road blocks are preventing us from reaching the majority of the displaced and from them reaching us to receive aid,” said Lado Gvilava, IOM Programme and Logistic Coordinator in Iraq.

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Iraqi Kurdish City on High Alert

Iraqi Kurdish City on High Alert

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.

Iraqi Kurdish City on High Alert, with Jihadi Monitoring and Prayer Groups Banned

With extremists moving in next door, the Iraqi Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah [Slemani] is ramping up security measures. This includes banning vehicles with other Iraqi license plates and closely monitoring the activities of ex-jihadis. Insiders say the tough new measures have already resulted in the arrest of men who could potentially have been trying to start extremist sleeper cells in the region.

Most recently, the Iraqi Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah and its capital of the same name has been one of the safest places in Iraq. It was even safer than the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan’s other major city, Erbil, which houses local government and military headquarters.

But since Sunni Muslim extremists took over two of Iraq’s biggest cities and other territory in northern Iraq, in nearby Ninawa province, earlier this month, all that has changed. Locals have never seen security so tight as it is in Sulaymaniyah right now.

They understand the need for it – between 2001 and 2003 Ansar Al Islam, another Sunni Muslim extremist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, took control of terrain, including small villages, in the nearby mountainous Horaman area. Iraqi Kurdish security forces fought the extremists but only managed to finally expel the groups with the help of US munitions in 2003. Before that, the camps were used to launch attacks on Iraqi Kurdish targets and Iraqi Kurdish locals fear the same thing may happen again if another extremist group gains a permanent foothold anywhere in Iraq.

Which is why getting into the province has become more difficult: There is more security at checkpoints at the entrances to the province and Iraqi Kurdistan’s security forces now ask more questions about identity and destination.

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