By John Lee. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has ordered a doubling of the number of visas granted to visitors from Islamic countries who want attend the Arbaeen pilgrimage in Karbala. Just days ago, Iraq's Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety has approved the entry of 30,000 thirty thousand visitors from Iran and 10,000 […]
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By John Lee. Iraq's Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety has approved the entry of 30,000 thirty thousand visitors from Iran and 10,000 from the rest of the world to attend the Arbaeen pilgrimage later this month in Karbala. Visitors will be required to show evidence of negative PCR test for COVID conducted within […]
By Hassan Ali Ahmed, for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq under pressure to open borders for Shiite pilgrims despite pandemic While the Iraqi government attempts to prevent the spread of the delta variant from Iran, there is […]
This report offers an overview of the tourism sector in Iraq as it examines the reality of the sector through several lenses using the available data and resources. In 2008, the international arrival of tourists was 864,000 and reached its highest value of 1.5 million tourists in 2010 but started decreasing ever since to reach […]
By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iran presses for Visa Waiver from Iraq Iranian authorities continue to pressure the Iraqi government into waiving its travel visa between the two countries. Click here to read the […]
By John Lee. Sharjah 24 reports that Iraq's General Company for Ports is accepting offers from private companies to turn the disused Al-Maqal Port on the Shatt al-Arab into a tourist destination. It adds that an Italian company has already completed designs. Since the Iraq war, the port has reportedly declined for transport purposes, following […]
KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani marked the official opening of the Mount Zawa Cable Car in Duhok province, which will create hundreds of new jobs in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Duhok Governorate. The $30 million project connects the Barzan region road to the top of Mount Zawa and includes new restaurants and […]
By Salah Hassan Baban, for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Mosul women fight Islamic State legacy with sports, arts events Mosul women seek to erase their painful memories of IS by holding various activities for women. Click here […]
By John Lee. A court in Amarah has issued a warrant for the arrest of an ex-director of the Entertainment City. According to a statement from the Supreme Judicial Council, the former director is accused of embezzling "a huge amount from collection during his job". (Source: Supreme Judicial Council)
By John Lee. A detailed article by Alice Fordham, for NPR, details the emerging trend of Iraqis visiting the many ancient heritage sites of their homeland. Helping them engage with their rich culture is local startup Bil Weekend, founded by Ali Al-Makhzomy. Click here to read the full story.
Iraqi Airlines has resumed operating flights to Iran in compliance with the coronavirus protocols, an Iranian official said. The spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran said Iraqi airlines have restarted flights from Najaf to Tehran and Mashhad after a hiatus due to the health restrictions. Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh also noted that there is no […]
By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Despite COVID-19, political crisis, Iraqi Shiites march on Karbala The commemoration of Arbaeen in Iraq was different this year due to the unique circumstances of the pandemic and political conflict. Shiites across the […]