Useful information

 

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

 

VENUE

All Forum events will take place at the Divan Erbil Hotel. A special room package is available for participants, including airport pick-up and drop-off. 
Make reservation, use code NIF 2019.

 

 

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. Many hotels, including the Divan, will arrange transport to and from the airport.

Airport information.

 

 

HOTELS

In addition to the Divan Hotel, Erbil offers several four- and five-star hotels, including international chains such as Rotana.

Erbil hotels

 

 

VISAS

Nationals from certain countries can receive visas for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on arrival in Erbil, including visitors from the US, UK, and UAE. A visa from the Government of Iraq is required to travel to Baghdad or other parts of Iraq.

Visa information

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Mobile phone and internet services in Erbil are available and stable, including international roaming services (depending on network plan).

 

 

SECURITY SITUATION

Erbil, and surrounding areas of the Kurdistan Regional Government are among the safest areas in Iraq. There is freedom of movement within the city and safe to use taxis or 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 precautions should always be taken.

 

 

AREAS OF INTEREST

Erbil is an ancient city and with numerous tourist attractions, including the Citadel, Kurdish Textile Museum, Sami Abdulrahman Park, city square, and bazaar.

Erbil destinations