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.

An Unexpected Friday in Iraqi Kurdistan

Advertising Feature It’s early Friday morning and I’m in a SUV travelling from Sulymaniya to the picturesque border town of Ahmad Awa. But it’s not the SUV I expected to find myself in when I first visited Iraq, or more accurately the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The only green I see is the grass covered […]

Iraqi Crackdown on Foreign Workers Criticised

This article was written by Hazim al-Sharaa, and was originally published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, It is reproduced by Iraq Business News with permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The ministry of labour has drawn criticism […]

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Tourism Minister Plans to Boost Eco-Tourism

The Minister of Tourism, Liwaa Sumaisem, has announced plans to develop Iraq’s tourism sector – currently dominated by religious tourism – to include archeological and eco-tourism. He told AKnews that a law will soon be passed empowering the ministry to develop the nature reserves and visitor centers at the country’s archeological sites. The holy cities […]

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Online Iraq Travel Insurance, with War and Terrorism cover, from less than US$2 per day

As Iraq continues to prove itself as one of the fastest growing emerging markets in the world, more and more business travellers are using AAIB Insurance Broker’s unique, online Iraq Travel Insurance facility. provides instant cover for travel to Iraq from anywhere in the world, from less than US$2 per day. Essential War and […]

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Hotels Head for Iraqi Kurdistan

Major U.S. hotel brands are moving into the north of Iraq, a reflection of growing economic development in the Kurdistan region of a country that most U.S. consumer brands have long avoided. Marriott International signed agreements on Sunday with Empire Iraq to manage two new properties in Iraq’s Erbil. The agreements, signed at the newly […]

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Minister Calls on UK Businesses to Invest in Kurdistan’s Tourism Now

Kurdistan Region Tourism Minister, Samir Abdullah Mustafa, yesterday called on British investors to make the most of the opportunity to invest in Kurdistan’s tourist sector at a conference in London. Setting out plans to build 2,500 new hotels to accommodate another 1.35 million visitors annually by 2015, the Minister also highlighted existing success stories within […]

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New 4-Star Hotel for Sulaymaniya

Faruk Group Holding, a group of companies with a diversified range of interests including telecommunications, cement manufacturing, hotels, medical services, properties, construction and IT, recently announced the upcoming launch of the first international boutique hotel, Copthorne Hotel, Baranan in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. The Copthorne Hotel Baranan is a four-star hotel located in the tourist district of […]

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Iraq Safe to Visit, says German Minister

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Wednesday that Iraq had been deemed safe enough for potential investors to visit, after meeting his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari (pictured) in Berlin. While discouraging tourism to Iraq, the German Foreign Ministry updated its travel warning to say that non-touristic visits ‘could be considered’ if sufficient precautions were […]

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Six New Investment Licences in Najaf

Najaf Investment Commission has announced that it granted six new licenses for investment in various sectors, with a total value of $98.5 million [115 billion Iraqi dinars]. The head of the board, Wafi Albhash, told AKnews that the investment licences included: a five-star hotel valued at ​​$36.2 million, consisting of 12-storeys, 210-rooms and 10 hotel […]

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