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Tourism: Unspoiled mountain scenery off the beaten track

 

 

 

 

Amedi, once a principality, sits atop a plateau

The Kurdistan Region is an ideal destination for those seeking unspoiled mountain scenery and ancient archeological sites off the beaten track.

 

Hillside resorts and lakes

 

During the Kurdistan Region’s long hot summers, visitors and locals can enjoy the cooler weather of Kurdistan’s hillside resorts.

 

The town of Shaqlawa, about 50 kilometres from the capital Erbil, lies at the base of Mount Safeen which is nearly 2,000 metres high at its peak. It has several fruit orchards, a food market, restaurants and hotels. Further away deeper into the mountains and gorges, Gali Ali Beg and Bekhal waterfalls and the water source at Jundyan offer beautiful scenery and a place to stop and enjoy lunch or a drink at the outdoor restaurants, or simply sit down to enjoy your own picnic in a quiet spot.

 

Take a drive through the deep gorge called Gali Ali Beg, along the famous Hamilton Road that passes through some of the finest scenery in Kurdistan. At the end of the gorge is the hillside town of Rawandoz, which was the capital of Soran principality until the 19th century. Visitors in Rawandoz can stay in chalets or in holiday homes in Pank Resort . The resort funfair rides and a roller-coaster sledge ride, and is surrounded by mountain views.

 

At Haji Umran, where you will find the Kurdistan Region’s highest mountains, the spa water is renowned locally for treating ailments and the highlands usually remain green through summer.

 

About 70 kilometres from Slemani, the picturesque Dokan and Derbendikhan lakes are lined with cabins for visitors to enjoy boating or swimming. The lakes are a result of hydroelectric power dams built decades ago.

 

At Ahmadawa, east of Slemani, springs form several waterfalls surrounded by walnut, pomegranate and fig trees, attracting visitors to their cool shade.

 

In Duhok province at Silav resort, open-air restaurants provide a view looking up to the nearby ancient town of Amedi (Amadiya), which sits atop a two-kilometre wide plateau. Muslims and Christians have lived alongside each other for centuries in this small town. In former times, it was also home to a thriving Jewish community. Amadiya offers a wonderful view of the nearby valleys and gorges.

 

The best time to visit Kurdistan is March when people celebrate Nawroz, the New Year marked by the spring equinox, by having picnics and dancing in the hills and valleys. In October and November, the weather is very pleasant and still warm enough to enjoy sightseeing.

 

Vibrant cities, bazaars and museums

 

Erbil and Slemani each have a museum holding collections of antiquities, statues and remains from the Region, while Duhok Traditional Museum displays Kurdistan’s folklore and heritage. Read more about Kurdistan's archeological sites.

 

Inside the ancient citadel of Erbil, you will find a beautiful traditional rugs and textiles at the Kurdish Textile Museum. The museum also showcases and preserves textile techniques by traditional tribes and endangered nomads of Kurdistan.

 

The citadel offers great views over the city. Erbil also benefits from an archeological museum and near the town centre is the Sheikh Chooli Minaret, built by Sultan Mozafared in between 543 and 586 AD and inscribed with Kufic caligraphy. Sami Abdul Rahman Park, stretching over many hectares, is the ideal place to enjoy greenery, peace and quiet without having to leave the city.

 

Slemani, Kurdistan's cultural capital, has a bustling bazaar as well as the modern Altun shopping centre and a bowling alley. At the large Azadi Park, children can use the playground, swimming pool and artificial lakes. The public garden in the city centre features statues of poets and writers.

 

Erbil has been named the 2014 Arab Tourism Capital by the Arab Council of Tourism. The city plans to host at least 40 different events and activities in 2014, ranging from skydiving, ice-skating, and a marathon, to traditional Kurdish arts and culture.

 

The Kurdistan Region's three main cities are developing rapidly, and now have modern shopping malls for visitors who want to go to cafes offering internet access and looking for international retail brands.

 

Ministry of Municipalities and Tourism

 

These are just a few of the enjoy in the Kurdistan Region. To learn more about tourism in Kurdistan, please visit the official Kurdistan Tourism website, www.tourismkurdistan.com.

Today you can easily travel to the Kurdistan Region by air. Several European and Middle Eastern IATA scheduled airlines operate flights to the Kurdistan Region. You can also come to the Kurdistan Region overland through Turkey. For information about flights, overland routes, visas, hotels, and tourism sites, please see our detailed Fact Sheet on Travelling to the Kurdistan Region. This information is useful whether you are a tourist, journalist or business traveller, or a tourism agent or operator. Kurdistan offers attractions for heritage, culture, archeology and adventure enthusiasts, read more about them here.

 

Fact Sheet: Travel to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq

 

 

 

This fact sheet refers to the three governorates under the administration of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG): Dohuk, Erbil and Slemani.

 

Please note that Slemani is the KRG's official English spelling, but it can also be found with other spellings such as Sulaimani, Suleimani, Sulaimaniyah, Suleimaniah.

 

The Kurdistan Region in Iraq

 

With a population of 5.2 million, the three governorates of Dohuk, Erbil and Slemani cover about 40,000 square kilometres - four times the area of Lebanon and larger than that of the Netherlands.

 

The capital of the Region is Erbil, which locally is also known as Hawler. The next largest cities are Slemani and Dohuk.

 

Since the establishment of the no-fly zone in 1991 and even more so since the liberation of Iraq in 2003, the Kurdistan Region has undergone rapid development. Over 65% of the villages destroyed by Saddam Hussein’s regime have been rebuilt, two new airports have been opened and new highways, schools and hospitals are being constructed.

 

Foreign visitors are warmly welcomed. Among the growing number of visitors are international media and business people, as well as those returning from the Kurdish Diaspora.

 

While Middle East's conservative customs in business, dress and behaviour are closely followed, Kurdistan is also progressive, pluralistic and relatively open.

 

Security in the Region

 

The security situation in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq is very different from the rest of Iraq. There are fewer than 200 US soldiers stationed in Kurdistan and not a single coalition soldier has lost their life in the Region since the start of the conflict.

 

The official Regional guard, the Peshmerga forces, are highly trained and experienced in providing security. Working in close cooperation with the Regional Guard are the Asayish (the Security Police) and the regular Police, who provide comprehensive protection against threats and help with routine police matters.

 

To maintain the level of peace in Kurdistan, there are checkpoints on the borders and city perimeters. Separate advice must be sought for travel outside of the Kurdistan Region. We also recommend that visitors consult travel advice issued by their country of domicile.

 

Visas

 

Please check with your nearest Iraqi Embassy about visa requirements and the application process. The KRG Representations abroad do not issue Iraqi visas, but can advise travellers on requirements. For advice on visas, please email Этот e-mail адрес защищен от спам-ботов, для его просмотра у Вас должен быть включен Javascript or contact your nearest KRG Representation abroad.

 

Flights to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq

 

The Kurdistan Region has two international airports: Erbil International Airport and Slemani International Airport. A new international airport is under construction in Duhok. Most flights operating from Europe and the Middle East fly directly to Kurdistan, without going via Baghdad. Several IATA scheduled carriers already fly to Erbil, and more IATA airlines are expected to start flights there. Several charter companies also operate flights to Erbil or Slemani. Erbil and Slemani airports post fairly current flight schedules on their websites: www.erbilairport.net and www.sul-airport.com

 

Below are the contact details and websites of the main airlines and flight operators serving the Kurdistan Region.

 

Checking in at Erbil and Slemani airports

 

Passengers are advised to arrive at Erbil International Airport at least two and a half hours before departure, to allow sufficient time to board the shuttle bus and go through security checkpoints to the departure terminal.

 

Airlines and Routes

 

FLIGHT  AND CONTACT INFORMATION IS CORRECT AT TIME OF WRITING. PLEASE CONFIRM FLIGHT DETAILS DIRECTLY WITH THE AIRLINE OR OPERATOR.

 

Erbil - Abu Dhabi

Operated by Etihad Airways

Website: www.etihadairways.com

Erbil - Amman

Operated by Royal Jordanian Airlines

Website: www.rj.com

Erbil:

Tel: +964 (0)750 477 9898

Tel: +964 (0)750 491 0973

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Erbil – Amman, Baghdad, Basra, Beirut, Damascus, Dubai, Istanbul, Najaf

Operated by Iraqi Airways

Iraqi Airways in Erbil:

Tel: +964 (0)750 423 5555

Tel: +964 (0)750 466 6444

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Website: www.iraqiairways.co.uk

 

Erbil – Athens, Gothenburg/Malmo, London Gatwick - via Stockholm, Manchester – via Athens

Operated by Viking Airlines

Website: www.miranaviation.com

Miran Aviation in Erbil:

Tel: +964 (0)66 2252772

Tel: +964 (0)750 725 9999 / Tel: +964 (0)750 720 5555

Mob: +964 (0)750 423 3511

Mob: +964 (0)750 423 3512

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Aerolympic in Stockholm: Tel: +46 8 24 28 85

Fax: +46 8 21 43 43

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Aerolympic in London: Tel: +44 (0)207 100 1023

 

Erbil - Bahrain

Operated by Gulf Air

Website: www.gulfair.com

Gulf Air in Erbil:

Tel: +964 (0)750 401 7333

Tel: +964 (0)750 401 8333

Erbil - Beirut

Operated MEA (Middle East Airlines)

Website: www.mea.com.lb

MEA in Erbil:

Tel: +964 (0) 750 601 2933

Tel: +964 (0) 750 330.9715

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Erbil - Cairo

Operated by Egypt Air

Tel: + 002 (02) 22677010

Tel: + 002 (02) 22671804

Website: www.egyptair.com

 

Erbil - Dubai

Operated by two airlines: Emirates and Flydubai

 

Emirates

Website: www.emirates.com

 

Flydubai

Website: www.flydubai.com

Tel: +971 4 301 0800

Bookings in Erbil:

Zozik Air, Tel. +964 (0)750 425 5445

Laru Travel, Tel. +964 (0)770 745 8888

 

Erbil - Düsseldorf

Operated by Air Berlin

Website: www.airberlin.com

Tel. +964 (0)750 739 2585

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Erbil - Frankfurt

Operated by Lufthansa

Website: www.lufthansa.com

Lufthansa in Erbil:

Tel: + 964 (0)66 224 5470 to 5473

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Erbil - Gothenburg and Malmo, Stockholm

Operated by Tor Air

Website: www.torair.com

Erbil - Istanbul

Operated by Turkish Airlines and Atlas Jet

Turkish Airlines

Website: www.turkishairlines.com

Erbil sales office:

Gulan Street Tower, Erbil

Tel. +964 (0)66 22 46 236

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Atlas Jet

Website: www.atlasjet.com

Atlas Jet in Turkey:

Tel: +90 212 444 3387

Contact Atlas Jet in Erbil

Tel: +964 (0)750 - 418 4444/ 420 4444/ 420 5555

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Erbil - Munich

Operated by Germania Airline

Website: www.flygermania.de

Germania Airline in Erbil

Tel. +964-770-157 19 06

Erbil - Stockholm

Operated by Air Sweden

Website: www.flyswedish.se

Air Sweden in Sweden:

Tel: +46 73 740 0010

Air Sweden in Erbil:

+964 750 718 6262

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Erbil - Vienna

Operated by Austrian Airlines

Website: www.austrian.com

Austrian Airlines sales office in Erbil: Shaqlawa Street, Brayan Bldg

Tel: + 964 (0)66 224 5470 to 5473

Office hours: Open to the public Sunday to Thursday, 10.00 to 15.00

Slemani - Amman

Operated by Royal Jordanian Airlines

Website: www.rj.com

Amman:

Tel: +962 6 4453052

Tel: +962 6 5857111

Erbil:

Tel: +964 (0)750 477 9898

Tel: +964 (0)750 491 0973

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Stockholm

Tel: +46 8 54 52 59 52

London:

Tel: +44 (0)8719 112112

Paris:

Tel: +33 (0)1 42 65 99 91

Slemani – Amman, Baghdad, Basra, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Najaf

Operated by Iraqi Airways in Slemani: Sarchnar St. Hotel Parezh building

Tel +964 770 763 6568

Tel +964 770 763 6569

Tel +964 53 319 5345

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Slemani – Dubai, Istanbul, Munich, Tehran

Operated by Azmar Air

Contact Azmar Air in Slemani

Tel: +964 770 157 19 06

Tel: +964 53 319 43 01

Tel: +964 53 319 43 02

Contact Azmar Air in Dubai

Tel: +971 4 266 8993

Fax: +971 4 266 8233

Mobile: +971 50 551 4161

Contact Azmar Air in Istanbul

Tel: +90 212 6633 718

Fax: +90 212 6633 513

Contact Azmar Air in Tehran

Tel: +982 1 8880 4467

Fax: +982 1 8894 0361

Slemani – Gothenburg/Malmo, Manchester via Athens

Operated by Viking Airlines

Website: www.miranaviation.com

Contact Miran Aviation in Erbil: Tel: +964 66 2252772

Tel: +964 750 725 9999

Tel: +964 750 720 5555

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Contact Aerolympic in London: Tel: +44 (0)207 100 1023

Slemani – Gothenburg, London

Operated by Tor Air

Website: www.torair.com

Slemani - Munich – via Dusseldorf

Operated by Zozik Air

Website: www.zozik-aviation.de

Contact Zozik Air in Slemani: Tel. +964 (0)770 2177177

Tel. +964 (0)750 1024331

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Tel. +964 (0)750 1024331

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Routes operated by Iraqi Airways

Iraqi Airways operates many flights to Erbil or Slemani international airports, for example Baghdad, Basra, Najaf, Amman, Beirut, Dubai, Damascus, Cairo, Frankfurt, Malmo, Stockholm and Tehran. Some services are direct to Slemani or Erbil, and others are indirect. Please contact Iraqi Airways for details of direct and indirect routes.

Website: www.iraqiairways.co.uk and www.iq-airways.com

Iraqi Airways in Erbil:

Tel: +964 (0)750 423 5555

Tel: +964 (0)750 466 6444

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Other Iraqi Airways telephone numbers: Amman: + 962 6 4638600

Damascus: + 963 11 2450301 /2

Istanbul: +90 535 379 92 05

Baghdad: +964 1 537 2002

Travel agencies in the Kurdistan Region

 

These travel agents based in Kurdistan offer flight reservations, some may also offer other services such as hotel bookings and local transport services.

Uniglobe – Iraq Tours and Travel

Services: airline bookings and ticketing, hotel bookings in Iraq and abroad, transfer and meet & greet, and event management.

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Mobile: +964 (0)750 429 6888 and +964 (0)7710 222 223

Offices: 1) English Village 331, Erbil, 2) Erbil Rotana Hotel, Erbil

Website: www.uniglobeiraq.com

Zagros Air

Erbil mobile:

+964 (0)750 449 5555

+964 (0)750 447 6399

+964 (0)750 446 8394

Laru Travel Services

Erbil mobile:

+964 (0)750 455 4411

+964 (0)750 446 8960

Cyprus Tel: +357 2581 4084

Amman Tel: +962 6 565 6561 and +962 6 568 9787 e-mail: Этот e-mail адрес защищен от спам-ботов, для его просмотра у Вас должен быть включен Javascript

Baban Tourism

For Royal Jordanian Airlines reservations

Erbil Tel: +964 66 220 0600

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Atrosh Air

For Atrosh Air flights between Stockholm/Copenhagen and Erbil

Erbil Tel: +964 66 254 7474

Erbil mobile: +964 (0)750 460 0460

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Azmar Air

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Slemani mobile: +964 (0)7701 525 775

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Slemani mobile: +964 (0)7701 571 906

Travel agency in London

Booking agent for many scheduled airline routes to Erbil: IKB Travel & Tours Limited

IKB House, 230 Edgware Road

London W2 1DW. Tel: 020 7724 8455

Fax: 020 7724 8655

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Website: www.YouShouldTravel.com

Specialist business and group travel agency

CT Travel

CT Travel specialises in business, corporate, and group travel. For the past several years, it has been arranging travel to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq from any part of the world, for individual and group business travellers. Based in the UK, CT Travel is now partners with Uniglobe, which has a branch in Erbil.

Tel. +44 (0)1892 673 427

Online email contact form: www.ctbusinesstravel.co.uk/contact-details

Overland route to the Kurdistan Region

 

Overland entry into the Kurdistan Region is possible through Turkey. The suggested route is to fly to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and then take a two-hour domestic flight to Diyarbakir. (Turkish visas can be obtained on arrival at Istanbul Airport. Baggage may have to be retrieved from the International Terminal and checked in at the Domestic Terminal.)

 

At Diyarbakir Airpor,t taxis can be hired to drive to the Ibrahim Khalil/Habur border crossing point, Turkey’s border with the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. Many drivers do this journey frequently and are familiar with the route. It is advisable to settle the price beforehand, a guide price is USD 150, and to check that the driver has the necessary paper work to take passengers over the border. Because of the journey time it is advisable to start the overland journey in the early morning, staying overnight in Diyarbakir if necessary.

 

After crossing the border at Ibrahim Khalil, another taxi can take you to your destination in the Kurdistan Region. The approximate journey time from Diyarbakir to the border is 4 hours; then from the border to Dohuk is 1.5 hours; to Erbil 4 hours; and to Slemani 6 hours. There are alternative routes via Iran and Syria but these are less frequently travelled.

Assistance for journalists and business travellers

 

Journalists, delegations and travellers visiting for official or business purposes can contact the KRG for advice on arranging meetings and hiring drivers, fixers, interpreters and security. Please contact the KRG Department of Foreign Relations Этот e-mail адрес защищен от спам-ботов, для его просмотра у Вас должен быть включен Javascript or your nearest KRG Representation abroad.

Specialist adventure and culture travel companies

 

Several specialist travel companies offer cultural sightseeing holidays in the Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Adventures

Kurdistan Adventures is an Australian/Kurdish local company that specialises in small group adventure travel and operates escorted tours, day trips and custom itineraries. Please see www.kurdistan-adventures.com

Hinterland Travel

Hinterland Travel is a UK-based travel company operating tours to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq since 2007. Details are available on its website: www.hinterlandtravel.com

Distant Horizons

Distant Horizons is a US-based travel company operating tours to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq since June

2008. Details are available on its website: www.distant-horizons.com

Terre Entière

Terre Entière, a French travel company, added the Kurdistan Region in Iraq to its list of destinations in late 2008. Details are available on its website: www.terreentiere.com

The Other Iraq Tours

The Other Iraq Tours is a local tour company based in the Kurdistan Region, operated by expatriates and specialising in custom and luxury tours. Details are available on its website: www.theotheriraqtours.com

Spiekermann Travel

Based in Michigan USA, specialist tour operator Spiekermann Travel is offering guided tours of the Kurdistan

Region, see www.mideasttrvl.com

Babel Tours

Babel Tours is a recently established tour operator based in the Kurdistan Region. See www.babel- tours.com

Secret Compass

Secret Compass runs tours to the Kurdistan Region that include an expedition to climb its highest peak, Halgurd, which stands at over 3,000 metres. See http://www.secretcompass.com/

Hotels

 

Hotels in Erbil

 

Erbil Rotana Hotel

Gulan Street, Erbil - Kurdistan, Iraq

Tel: +964 66 210 55 55

Fax: +964 66 210 55 56

Website: www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/iraq/erbil/erbilrotana

 

Erbil International Hotel

30 Metre Street

Tel: +964 (0)66 223 4460 – 70

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Divan Hotel

Gulan Street, Erbil - Kurdistan, Iraq

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Website: http://www.divan.com.tr/ENG/Hotel-Destinations/Divan-Erbil/

 

Hawler Plaza Hotel

Kirkuk Road, near Erbil Stadium

Tel: +964 (0)66 222 8890 / (0)66 2519740 / (0)66 254 0050 email: Этот e-mail адрес защищен от спам-ботов, для его просмотра у Вас должен быть включен Javascript

Website: www.hoojoozat.com/HotelDetailSearch.aspx?Hotel-Iraq-Hawler-Plaza-Hotel

 

Khanzad Hotel

Salahaddin Road, about 25 minutes outside Erbil city centre

Tel: +964 (0)66 2245273 / 74 / 76 / 77, and +964 (0)66 2505226 email: Этот e-mail адрес защищен от спам-ботов, для его просмотра у Вас должен быть включен Javascript

Website: www.khanzadresort.com

 

Chwar Chra Hotel

Abdul Salam Al-Barzani Street

Tel: +964 (0)66 223 1508 / 9 and+964 (0)66 222 2650 email: Этот e-mail адрес защищен от спам-ботов, для его просмотра у Вас должен быть включен Javascript

Website: www.chwarchrahotel.com/default.asp

 

Noble Hotel

Peshawa Qazi Street (100 Meter Street), Ankawa, Erbil

Tel. +964 - (0)66 225 26 30 / (0)66 225 26 20

Mob: +964 (0)750 431 22 44 / (0)771 193 63 00

Website: www.noble-hotel.com/

 

Ankawa Palace Hotel

Shlama Street, Ankawa, Erbil (near Residency Office) Tel: +964 (0)66 225 3030

Mob: +964 (0)750 486 3030

Fax: +964 (0)66 255 3232

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Website: www.ankawapalace-hotel.com/

 

Royal Palace Hotel

60 Metre Street

Opposite Ankawa bridge (overpass), near Mahhar Restaurant

Tel: +964 (0)66 2562981/ (0)66 256 2982/ (0)750 423 7426/ (0)750 423 7326

 

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Arbil Tawer Hotel

Tel: +964 (0)66 222 6600 / 223 0094

 

Shereen Palace Hotel

Tel: +964 (0)66 222 6240 / 222 0915

 

Hotels in Duhok

 

Dilshad Palace Hotel

Dohuk main street, opposite Mazi Supermarket

Tel: +964 0)62 722 7601 – 9

Fax: +964 (0)62 722 7610

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Website: www.dilshad-palace.com

 

Slivan Hotel

14 Athar Street

Local tel: +964 (0)62 722 5683

 

Sulav Hotel

Tel. +964 (0)62 722 1955 / 722 1956

Mobile: +964 (0)750 445 7004

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Jiyan Hotel

Tel.+964 (0)62 722 24 00

Mobile: +964 (0)750 442 7711

Mobile: +964 (0)770 051 7711

E-fax: +1 631 982 7711

 

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Mazi Motel

Zakho St. Mazi Mall Area

Tel : +964 62 760 9900

Mobile: +964 750 427 7723 / +964 750 482 7944

Website: www.alaminest.com/?page=mazi_motel

 

Hotels in Slemani

 

Lalezar Hotel

Sarchinar Hill

Tel: +964 (0)53 319 2601

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Website: www.lale-zar.com

 

Copthorne Hotel Baranan (a Millenium Copthorne Hotel)

Sarchinar Main Street

Website: http://www.millenniumhotels.com/copthornebaranan/

 

Sulaimani Palace Hotel

+964 (0)53 3134141 – 47

 

Azmir Palace Hotel

+964 (0)748 012 3513

 

Ashti Hotel

Salim Street

Tel: +964 (0)53 312 7999

 

Parezh Hotel

Tel: +964 (0)53 210 7185

Mobile +964 (0)770 366 8888; and +964 (0)730 154 6525

 

Currency

 

The local currency is the Iraqi Dinar. US Dollars are also widely used. Exchange rates as of 10 November 2012:

1 US Dollar = 1,166 Iraqi Dinars

1 Euro = 1,480 Iraqi Dinars

1 British Pound = 1,851 Iraqi Dinars

For up-to-date exchange rates visit www.xe.com

 

Please be aware that there are currently very few ATM machines or credit card facilities. Cash is the only method of payment in the vast majority of shops, hotels and restaurants. Ensure you take enough with you in US dollars or Iraqi dinars for all your expenses including the hotel bill. Exchange facilities are available at the airport, international hotels and exchange shops in the bazaars.

Weather

 

Summer months (May-September) are very hot and dry, especially on the Erbil Plain, often reaching temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius. It is slightly cooler in the evenings and in the mountainous regions around Dohuk and Slemani. The winter months can be cool with rain and some snowfall.

 

Electrical appliances

 

Voltage is 220v. Both UK three-pronged and European two-pronged plugs are in use. Visitors are advised to take a universal adapter with them. Adapters can also be purchased in small electrical shops in the bazaars of towns and cities.

 

Mobile phones

 

Asiacell and Korek, the Kurdistan Region’s largest mobile phone service operators, have roaming agreements with several foreign operators, including European, US and UK companies. If you wish to use your mobile locally please check with your mobile phone service operator whether it has a roaming agreement with Asiacell or Korek. Roaming agreements can also be checked on the GSM Association's roaming coverage and maps page: http://maps.mobileworldlive.com/

 

Rather than using your home mobile SIM card, it may be cheaper to buy a local SIM card which can be purchased in some hotels and shops—especially in the bazaars. Top-up payment cards for local SIMs are widely available in hotels and shops.

 

Internet connections

 

Internet connections are available in many hotels and some private internet cafes. Not all connections are broadband speed. It is also possible to buy an internet USB stick and credit.

 

Postal and freight services

 

Internatinal ;etters and packages can be sent by normal post to and from the Kurdistan Region, but postage times are longer than normal. As there are no postal or zip codes in the Kurdistan Region, it is important to put the mobile phone number of the recipient on the envelope or parcel. The post office in Erbil is near the Citadel, close to the old court building. Please ask for directions. The Arabic word for post, which is also used in Kurdish, is ‘bareed’.

 

Fedex, DHL and TNT offer air freight services to and from Kurdistan, please contact them for details.

 

Local transport

 

Travel by car in the Kurdistan Region is very simple and generally safe. Private cars and drivers are available, but they can often be quite expensive. Taxis are a far more economical option, and they are readily available on most major roads in all the cities. A ride to or from almost anywhere in the cities normally costs somewhere between 3-5,000 ID, and you can catch a seat in a shared taxi between any of the major cities for 10-25,000 ID depending on the distance—just ask a city taxi driver “garajee + the name of city/town where you want to go".

 

There are generally two types of taxis in the cities. Some are painted orange and white, while others are painted a light tan colour. The light tan taxis are driven by government vetted drivers, and they are considered to be safest—these cars are usually newer and cleaner also.

 

Distance between cities

 

Erbil to Slemani - 170 km, approx. three hours drive

Erbil to Dohuk - 245 km, approx. three hours drive

Dohuk to Slemani - 340 km, approx. five hours drive

 

Time difference

 

The Kurdistan Region and the rest of Iraq are +3 hours ahead of Greenwich Meantime (GMT).

 

National holidays

 

A list of national holidays and important dates is available here:

www.krg.org/articles/detail.asp?rnr=139&lngnr=12&smap=03010200&anr=18627

 

International news

 

Satellite television with CNN and BBC World is available in most hotels. The main regional English-language newspaper is the Kurdish Globe, many websites provide national news in English, such as Rudaw, AK News and Kurdish Globe.

 

Food and drink

 

Kurdish cuisine is based on lamb, chicken, rice and bread, and the use of many fresh herbs and vegetables. Fish served in restaurants is often barbecued over an open fire to make a traditional Iraqi dish called mazgouf. Fresh fruit or paklava, a Middle Eastern flaky pastry and nut dessert, is usually served with sweet black tea, after the main course. While many types of fruit and vegetables are available throughout the year, seasonal and local products, such as wild asparagus, native rhubarb, green almonds and buffalo yoghurt, are highly prized and enjoyed. Black tea with sugar is the most popular beverage both inside and outside the home. Drinking alcohol in moderation is acceptable in some restaurants and hotels. Drunken and loud behaviour is frowned upon.

 

Kurdish phrases

 

There are two dialects of Kurdish spoken in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq: Kurmanji, spoken mainly in Dohuk, and Sorani, spoken in Erbil and Slemani.

 

English Kurdish

How are you?  - Choni?

Good morning - Bayani Bash

Good afternoon - Ewara Bash

Good night - Shaw Bash

Good day - Roj Bash

Welcome - Bakher Beyt

How much is this? - Ama ba chanda?

Yes - Bale

No - Na

Please - Bey-zahmet/T’kaya

You’re welcome - Shayani niya

Mr Ahmed - Kak Ahmed (honorific term for men)

Miss/Mrs Sayran - Sayran Khan (honorific term for women)

With pleasure - Sar chaw

Excuse me - Ba yarmateet

Do you speak English - Inglizi ezani?

I don’t speak Kurdish - Kurdi nazanm

Tea without sugar! - Chai bey shakr

Sights of interest

 

Please contact the Kurdistan Region’s official tourist board, for tourist information, and guides. The tourist board can be contacted at:

Tel: +964 (0)66 224 43 94

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Iraq: Then and Now, published by Bradt Travel Guides in April 2008, is a guide to Iraq’s history and present- day, provides information on archaeology and culture, and includes 17 maps of different parts of Iraq. It includes a chapter on the Kurdistan Region.

 

Erbil and surrounds

Erbil citadel dates back 6,000 years BC and forms the original boundaries of the city. Erbil is one of theoldest continually inhabited cities in the world.

Sami Abdul Rahman Park is a large municipal park built on the site of a former Ba’ath military base.

Qaysari bazaar is Erbil city’s traditional market, selling household goods, food, textiles, gold and souvenirs.

Sheikh Chooli minaret in the western district of Erbil was built by Sultan Mudhaffarudeen and dates back to543-586 AD. The minaret is the focal point for the recently developed Minara Park.

Khanzad castle on the Erbil - Shaqlawa road dates back to the Soran Period when the Region was ruled by several principalities.

Rabban Beya monastery is a one-hour climb over mountain paths. There are two large highly engraved cave-like chambers that date back to the fourth century AD.

Shaqlawa resort is 51 km north of Erbil and is a popular weekend and holiday destination with a great fresh produce market.

Gali Ali Beg ravine and waterfall is 130km from Erbil, a popular place for recreational picnics. Bekhal Resort is another small water resort 140km from Erbil and a short drive from Gali Ali Berg.

Pank Resort offers small holiday villas in a park with funfair rides and attractions, surrounded by mountain views.

Duhok and surrounds

Saint Ith Llaha Church, just west of Dohuk, is oldest church in the region and dates back to 500AD.

Amadiyah town, 90km north east of Dohuk, dates back to the Assyrian Period and is a former principality. Amadiyah’s minaret is 30 metres high, with views from the top of the nearby mountains and valleys.

Amadiyah citadel is located on the eastern side of Amadiyah city.

Slemani and surrounds

Slemani museum, located on Salim Street, houses local items that date back thousands of years. It isone of the richest museums in the Region.

The Red House Museum, which was a detention centre under Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath regime, shows how its detainees lived, and recounts the genocidal campaigns against the Kurds in Iraq.

Dokan lake, 70km west of Slemani, is a local resort with hotels, restaurants and holiday chalets.

Darbandikhan dam 65km south east of Slemani also has tourist cabins, restaurants, leisure facilities.

Ahmadawa resort, known for its springs, waterfalls and orchards, is a popular summer escape for locals and tourists.

 

 

 

 
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