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Nokia to Improve Zain Iraq’s Network

Finland’s Nokia will modernize and expand Zain Iraq‘s radio networks with its most advanced technologies across Karbala, Najaf and Basra, with a special focus on the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, to support the expected increase in data and voice traffic during Zeyara as millions of people converge on the region. Zeyara is an […]

Gulf Companies looking to Participate in Iraq Reconstruction

An official in the Arabian Gulf has stated that construction companies and others in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) look forward to participating in reconstruction projects in Iraq, stressing that it has the potential to qualify for this role. Abdul Rahim Naqi, secretary-general of the Council of Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stated […]

Iran, Iraq Begin Arrangements for Arbaeen Pilgrimage

The Iraqi embassy and consulates in Iran on Monday started to issue visa for the Iranian applicants intending to visit the Arab country for Arbaeen pilgrimage. The formal visa-issuance process kicked off during a ceremony at the Iraqi embassy in Tehran, attended by Ambassador Rajih Sabir Aboudi al-Mousavi. In addition to the Iraqi embassy, the […]

Eid Visitors to Kurdistan Double

By John Lee. The number of tourists visiting the Kurdistan Region of Iraq over the Ramadan holidays has doubled since last year to 243,000 people. The income generated is estimated at $73 million. Nawroz Mawlud, the minister for Municipalities and Tourism told Rudaw that about 70 percent of the tourists came from southern and central […]

Iraq’s Marshes, New UNESCO Site, see Increase in Tourism

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. Iraq’s Mythical Marshes, New UNESCO Site, See Increase In Tourism Over the past few months, the legendary marshes of Hawizeh have come alive again – and this time, with the […]

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 […]

Babylon Awaits Tourists’ Return

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The ruins of the city of Babil, some 56 miles south of Baghdad, flourished as the ancient Mesopotamian capital of Babylon, founded in the 19th century BC. Since that time, the city has suffered […]

74 Hotels Close in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee. BasNews quotes the Head of the Kurdistan Restaurant and Hoteliers Association, Hersh Ahmad, as saying that 74 of the region’s 2,500 hotels have closed down in Erbil recently: “The main reason is the fight against the Islamic State (IS) … And those which still operate have fired 50% of their staff, increasing […]

A Basra Lunch, with Locally Sourced Truffles?

By John Lee. As long term observers of events in Iraq, the team at Iraq Business News thought we might have seen just about every unexpected story from a nation that continues to surprise. We’d heard of the popularity of the Japanese comic character Hello Kitty in Iraq or the trend among some young Iraqis for playing […]

Iraq-Kuwait Flights To Resume

By John Lee. Direct flights between Kuwait and Iraq have resumed after 2 decades, Mawtani reports. After initially starting at 2 flights a week, the eventual aim is to have daily flights, according to Iraqi Airways company director Capt. Saad al-Khafajy. Al-Khafajy was optimistic about flying more passengers between the two countries on Iraq’s national carrier, noting […]