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Wataniya Airways to serve Najaf

By John Lee. Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways is to commence return flights to Najaf from 23rd August. According to ArabianBusiness, the route will be served by a newly-delivered Airbus A320. The airline was recently granted a licence to operate at Kuwait International Airport, following a six-year break from business due to financial difficulties. (Source: ArabianBusiness)

Iraq bans Turkish Tomatoes

By John Lee. In a bid to boost local tomato production, The Iraqi government has banned the import of tomatoes from Turkey. A statement from the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources said the tomato production of Najaf and Karbala is enough to supply all of domestic demand. Rudaw reports that Iraq imported tomatoes […]

Religious Militias Push Back against Communist Revival

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. Last week’s kidnapping of seven activists in Baghdad could be another sign of increasing tensions between secular parties in Iraq and the country’s ruling religious groups. Is history repeating? Last […]

Ancient City turning into a Watermelon Farm

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. Recently Najaf locals who want to preserve their archaeological treasures have been protesting, calling on the authorities to stop agricultural and housing development on top of ancient tombs and palaces. […]

Efforts to Privatize Electricity face Resistance

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In a meeting held Feb. 21, Najaf’s provincial council followed in the footsteps of Dhi Qar, Muthanna, Wasit and Diwaniyah and voted against the privatization of the electricity sector in […]

Will Iraq ban Unveiled Women from Holy Cities?

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Ibtisam al-Hilali, a member of parliament for the Karbala governorate and member of the State of Law Coalition, led by Nouri al-Maliki, stated Feb. 12 that the governorate’s provincial […]

Rosneft Starts Drilling at Block 12

Russia’s Rosneft group has started drilling its first exploration well at Block 12 in Iraq. The Salman-1 well will be drilled to the measured depth of 4,245 m through Kurra Chine target horizon to be followed by further testing of five prospective targets. The Company plans to complete drilling in July 2017. Company of Rosneft […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oman Air commences flights to Najaf from November

By John Lee. Oman Air has announce that it will be commencing its four times weekly service from Muscat to Najaf from November. Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Executive Officer at Oman Air, said: “Following a temporary delay of our service to Najaf as the Operational teams were assessing and scheduling all fleet types for safe deployment […]

Oman Air Postpones Launch of Najaf Route

By John Lee. Oman Air has announced that the start of its planned service between Muscat and Najaf is delayed from 15th September to 1st October. The airline said in a statement: “The decision was taken in line with Oman Air’s over-riding priority of ensuring the safety and well-being of all its customers and staff.” […]

Iraq is Back in Business, According to Wyndham Group

By Simon Kent. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is rising again in Iraq, The Wall Street Journal reports. The piece notes General Electric’s billion dollar contract in January, which is of course government spending, to highlight how multi-nationals are increasingly confident as the self declared Islamic State begins to collapse. The piece also notes how FDI is […]