Archive | Leisure and Tourism in Iraq

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Work Starts at Mid-Euphrates Airport

By John Lee. AFP reports that Iraqi officials laid the cornerstone of a new Mid-Euphrates Airport, 35 kilometres (20 miles) south of Karbala. The $500-million project will be carried out by the UK-based Copperchase, with work supervised by the Khayrat al-Sibtein company, which belongs to the Imam Hussein shrine (pictured). During the ceremony, Karbala Governor […]

Iraqi Kurdistan: a Roman Amphitheatre to Enhance Local Culture

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 an estimated three months’ time the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah will have its own version of Rome’s Colosseum. An arena for theatre and other kinds of entertainment that […]

Millions of Iranians enter Iraq for Shiite Ritual

By Changiz M. Varzi for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  A day after millions of Shiite Muslims marked Arbaeen, the annual pilgrimage to the Hussein mosque in the Iraqi city of Karbala, the front pages of Iranian dailies on […]

Iran’s VP Praises Iraqi Hospitality

The Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri arrived in the Iraqi city of Najaf on Sunday to attend Arbaeen procession, saying he was impressed by Iraq’s simultaneous handling of the overcrowded religious ceremony and a military operation to liberate the city of Mosul. Heading a delegation of Iranian officials, Jahangiri travelled to Iraq to take part […]

Electro-Voice supplies Sound System for Karbala Stadium

By John Lee. Singapore-based Electro-Voice has supplied the sound system for the recently opened Karbala Olympic Stadium in Iraq. According to Entertainment Technology Press, audio for the project was provided by Baghdad-based APCO Electronics, which chose a sound system from Electro-Voice, including a multi-zone digital audio system, horn-loaded loudspeakers, amplifiers, microphones and wireless systems. The […]

New Museum Opens First Gallery in Basra

A new museum celebrating the rich cultural heritage of southern Iraq has opened its first gallery at a ceremony in Basrah. The gallery, which displays artefacts from the Hellenistic period (c. 300 BC) through to the present, represents the first major milestone in an eight-year project involving the Iraq Ministry of Culture, the State Board […]

Iran Favours Visa-Free Regime with Iraq

An Iranian deputy foreign minister expressed Tehran’s willingness to ease visa requirements for incoming tourists from Iraq if Baghdad’s government would agree to do so for Iranians traveling to the Arab country. “I have announced in my latest consular trip (to Iraq) that we are willing to remove the visa requirements or take any measure […]

Why is Iraq not Profiting from Religious Tourism?

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Every year, the number of pilgrims visiting religious sites in Iraq increases. After Iranians were not allowed to travel to Mecca to perform the hajj this year due […]

Will Iranian Pilgrims forsake Mecca for Karbala?

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Saudi newspapers reported Sept. 15 that Shiites are expected to replace their pilgrimage to Mecca with religious visits to Iraq’s Karbala instead. According Al-Riyadh newspaper, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali […]