Useful Information

 

 

ABOUT NINEWA GOVERNORATE

 

The Ninewa Governorate embodies a diverse mix of ethnic and religious communities, including large populations of Yazidis, Shabaks and Christians. Ninewa was among the areas most affected by the Da’esh (ISIS) occupation. This led to mass infrastructure destruction and the displacement of entire communities.

 

Today, the people of Ninewa look to revive their communities and restore their livelihoods. For many, this includes dreams of starting or growing businesses, and the creation of new jobs that allow for self sufficiency and encourage the return of former community members. USAID developed the Ninewa Investment Forum to support the people of Ninewa by providing a foundation for economy recovery that encourages the return of displaced people in hopes to preserve Ninewa’s rich cultural mosaic.

 

 

The Ninewa Investment Forum will be held in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government. 

 

 

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VENUE

The Ninewa Investment Forum will be held at the Divan Erbil Hotel

 

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FLIGHTS AND TRANSPORTATION

Erbil's airport offers direct flights from several international destinations. A short drive from the city center, Erbil's airport provides the most convenient arrival option for most participants.

Airport information.

 

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HOTELS

There are a variety of hotel options for travelers. A comprehensive list of  hotels can be found here.

 

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VISAS

Nationals from many countries are eligible for a visa on arrival for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). A visa from the Government of Iraq is required to travel outside of the KRI. Please review the KRI’s visa requirements to ensure eligibility for a visa on arrival, or to learn more about the visa application process. 

 

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CURRENCY

The Iraqi Dinar (IQD) converts to approximately 1,200 IQD to 1 US dollar. Most shops and restaurants accept US dollars, however, many establishments are cash-only. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and restaurants, and secure ATMs are available at hotels.

 

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LANGUAGE

Kurdish is the official language in Erbil and Arabic is widely spoken as well. Staff of major hotels and establishments generally understand and speak English.

 

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Mobile phone and internet services are available and stable throughout Erbil. International roaming services are available depending on your network plan.

 

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SECURITY SITUATION

Erbil and the surrounding areas in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are among the safest areas in Iraq. There is freedom of movement within the city, and it is safe to use taxis and to walk. Crime against foreigners is rare and Kurdish security services have maintained a largely safe environment throughout the region. AS in any large city, basic safety precautions should always be taken. 

 

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AREAS OF INTEREST

Erbil is an ancient city with numerous tourist attractions including: the Citadel, Kurdish Textile Museum, Sami Abdulrahman Park, The City Square and Bazaar. You can find more information on tourist destinations here.

 

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