Monthly Archives: March 2012

170,000 tourists visit Kurdistan for Newroz

Newroz celebrants hold a badminton match at a picnic outside Erbil. Safety, nature and resorts big draw to foreigners Resorts flourish with crowds over four days for Newroz festivities. The tourism sector in the Kurdistan Region witnessed a noticeable boom … Continue reading

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Australian embassy explores investment in education, agriculture and services

ERBIL, March 18 (AKnews) – The Australian Ambassador to Iraq, Lyndall Sachs, arrived in Iraqi-Kurdistan Friday night for her second trip to the region since becoming the Australian Ambassador last August. Sachs spent the day in Duhok and surrounding areas … Continue reading

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Cyprus Airways to Resume Flights to Kurdistan

Cyprus Airway is expected to resume flights to Iraqi Kurdistan next month, reports AKnews. The carrier is planning to re-launch flights to Erbil on April 11, according to Erbil International Airport‘s relations adviser Andrew Jones. Cyprus Airway operated four flights to Erbil … Continue reading

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Air services expansion to Iraq accelerating this summer

Another round of new routes to Iraq is occurring over the next few months, continuing the wave of expansion by international carriers as the country’s economy develops and trade links grow. After almost two decades of limited activity, commercial aviation is playing … Continue reading

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Taking The Golden Dragon to Kurdistan

A memorial to those who died in the 1988 chemical attack on Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan At Heathrow there’s a moment when we check a large black case carrying a skeleton through as checked baggage. We’re the Actors Touring Company … Continue reading

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Robert Halfon MP: Recognising the Kurdish Genocide

“There is another Iraq, buried under Iraq”. So said the head of the Kurdistan Mass Graves Commission as she explained to me her work during my recent visit to Kurdistan with the All-Party Parliamentary Kurdistan Group. Travelling around Iraq, her job … Continue reading

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Liberal Sulaimaniyah is a cultural beacon for Iraq’s creative class

Why Sulaimaniyah? Sulaimaniyah is the cultural and entertainment capital of the fast-developing and semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan. And on March 21, it proudly celebrates Nowruz – the Kurdish New Year – for at least a few weeks. Located near the Iranian … Continue reading

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Qatar Airways eyes major new route expansion

Qatar Airways has announced further expansion of its international network with five new passenger routes, more cargo services and capacity increases to a number of destinations. Iraq, Tanzania, Serbia and Myanmar are featured in the passenger route expansion programme over … Continue reading

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Ancient Kurdistan meets modernity

The chapel – a damp cave carved into the rock on the riverside – welcomed worshippers from both sides of the water for 1,300 years. Catholic families gathered for Mass every Sunday and afterwards in each others’ homes, just a … Continue reading

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German team to explore Chamchamal archaeological site

SULAIMANIYAH, Feb. 27 (AKnews) – A German archeology team will explore Chamchamal’s historic sites, according to the area’s archeology director. An expert team from the Berlin Institute For Archeological Research arrived in Kurdistan Region today to sign an agreement with … Continue reading

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