Archive | Leisure and Tourism in Iraq

Iraq Business News brings you the latest news on developments and opportunities in leisure and tourism industries in Iraq.

Tikrit turns Saddam’s Palaces into Tourist Attractions

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. By Ghazwan Hassan al-Jibouri. The despised ex-leader of Iraq built luxurious palaces with hundreds of rooms in Tikrit, near his hometown. Now the local council wants them turned into money-making […]

FIFA Lifts Ban on Iraq Hosting Int’l Matches

By John Lee. Soccer’s governing body FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is quoted as saying that this will allow international matches to be played in Erbil, Basra (pictured) and Karbala, where the security situation was considered to be “stable“, but not yet in Baghdad. Iraq […]

Saudi Arabia to Fund Iraqi Football Stadium

By John Lee. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has promised to build a football stadium in Iraq. The news followed a friendly match between the two countries’ teams in Basra last week. The Iraqi-Saudi Ministerial Coordination Council met on Monday to discuss the measures needed to improve cooperation in the economic, investment, cultural and other sectors. […]

“Severe Punishment” for Price Hikes Targeting Tourists

By John Lee. Erbil’s mayor has reportedly warned hotel and motel operators against taking advantage of the increased numbers of tourists by driving up prices and breaking contracts: Nabaz Abdulhamid told Rudaw: “Any hotel or motel owner that hikes up the prices and revokes the signed contracts will be punished severely.” In the past three […]

Conserving Iran and Iraq’s Wetlands

There’s growing awareness in the Islamic Republic of Iran that wetlands are valuable and sustain livelihoods. Ramsar, “the gem of northern Iran”, is the town that gives its name to the Ramsar Convention. The Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use […]

NIC Announces 157 Major Strategic Projects in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraq’s National Investment Commission (NIC) has just announced the list of major strategic projects to be presented during the Kuwait International Conference for Iraq Reconstruction, to be held in Kuwait from 12th to 14th February. The 157 large- and medium-sized projects span all sectors of the Iraqi economy, including oil and gas, […]

Video: River Cruise Weddings return to Basra

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. To the sound of drums and trumpets, an Iraqi groom and his bride this week stepped hand-in-hand onto a speed boat on the river in Basra to celebrate: Click here to view on YouTube.