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Govt declares Two-Day Holiday due to Heatwave

By John Lee. Associated Press reports that the Iraqi government has announced a two-day mandatory official holiday beginning on Wednesday due to the heatwave, with temperatures expected to exceed 50C (122F). The public holiday will apply to all government workers. Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has announced that Thursday, July 21st, is to be […]

Heatwave Forces Four-Day Weekend

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has declared a four-day holiday starting on Thursday, as the country attempts to cope with temperatures expected to exceed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). Highest temperatures are expected on Sunday, and in the Central and Southern areas of the country, including Baghdad. Poor electricity supplies will continue to cause […]

Iraq Declares Thursday a Holiday

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has declared an official holiday on Thursday due to the continuing heatwave affecting the country. The Daily Mail reports that several provinces have reported temperatures above 50C (122F), causing particular difficulties for people who are fasting during the long daylight hours in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Eid […]

Iraq’s Excessive Holidays “Cost $150bn”

By Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Given the many official and unofficial holidays in Iraq, the country seems to be almost on permanent vacation throughout the year. Schools find themselves unable to complete their curricula, while economists warn against a recession […]