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10 Best Places to Visit in Iraq

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Iraq Tourist Attractions: 15 Top Places to Visit

Planning to visit Iraq? Check out our Iraq Travel Guide video and see top most Tourist Attractions in Iraq.

Top Places to visit in Iraq:
Ziggurat of Ur, National Museum of Iraq, Baghdadi Museum, Wadi-us-Salaam Cemetery, Al-Shaheed Monument, Baghdad Zoo, Great Mosque of Samarra, Imam Husayn Shrine, Imam Ali Mosque, Hatra Ruins, Kurdish Textile and Cultural Museum, Sami Abdul Rahman Park, Erbil Kurdistan, Mazi Plus Mall, Shanadar Park

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12 Things NOT To Do in Iraq

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Iraq is a lovely place.
So know these 12 Things NOT to Do, before you go!

1. Try Not to stand out
Rather than driving fast, surrounded by bodyguards try to blend in as much as possible. Women should dress in local fashion and men should grow out their facial hair.

2. Don't Step On Bread!
Bread is a highly treasured food in Iraq. If you happen across a fallen hunk in the street don't step on it or touch it with your feet!

3. Don't Visit the Borders.
Don't travel near the Syrian, Turkish, or Iranian borders. You may encounter large refugee flows.

4. Don't Bring Bad Luck.
When Iraqis buy a new appliance they will crack an egg over it to wash away any bad luck! Iraqis are very superstitious.

5. Don't Get Jumpy!
You often may see a group of Iraqis shouting and firing rifles. But it's just a traditional way of celebrating a wedding or event. Each tribe has a different song.

6. Don't Bring Bad Luck!
If an Iraqi buys a new car, he may sacrifice a rooster for good luck. If it's a new house he may sacrifice a lamb!

7. Don't Leave the Safe Zones.
Generally speaking, southern Iraq is safer than the Sunni Triangle, and a traveler must be particularly careful in Baghdad, where there are some highly dangerous neighborhoods.

8. DON'T BRING BAD LUCK!
Don't be surprised to find an old shoe hanging in a new house! Iraqis are VERY superstitious!

9. Don't Forget Shots!
The CDC recommends travelers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines as you can get these diseases through contaminated food or water in Iraq.

10. Don't Compliment Children!
Don't tell an Iraqi how well-behaved or handsome their child is. They believe this could jinx them with The Evil Eye.

11. Don't Eat Around!
In many places you may find yourself eating from a communal dish. In this case only take the portion that's directly in front of you.

12. Don't Eat with Your Left Hand!
According to the Prophet Muhammad, you should only use your right hand. The left hand is reserved for other things...

Now you can enjoy your stay in this stunningly beautiful and diverse country!

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Karbala Province - Iraq

Karbala province in Iraq holds a significant religious importance for millions of Shi’a Muslims worldwide and home to the holy city of Karbala where imam Husayn ibn Ali, grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and son of imam Ali is laid to peace and buried in his final resting place after he was killed in the battle of Karbala on Oct. 10, 680 C.E. and became a martyr. Karbala is also host to other famous, popular and ancient Iraqi cities like the palace at Ukhaidir, Shithathah, Lake Ar-Razzazah, Al-Hiyadha, Al-Hindiya or Hindiyah, Khan An Nukhaylah, Ishan Rumaizan, Shabas Salman and few other PROUD Iraqi villages and cities ... Magnificent places you won't believe your eyes and you wouldn’t think 10,000+ ancient and wonderful places still exist in the cradle of civilization once known as Mesopotamia and best known today as Iraq

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Tourism in Iraq

Iraq has some amazing opportunities for tourism.

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Iraq
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Iraq, officially known as the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. Baghdad is the capital of the country.

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Trip To Iraq

Here are some beautiful footage of Baghdad and Karbala in Iraq 2017-2018.

Top 10 places to visit in the Middle East | Conde Nast Traveller's World

The youngest person to travel the whole world shares his experiences in the Middle East, listing 10 countries you should not miss, from Bahrain to the UAE, with highlights across Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Follow him @sallavallo.

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I’m Sal Lavallo. I’ve been to every country in the world. And, today I’m gonna tell you about some of my favourite countries in the Middle East and my favourite experiences in each of them.

BAHRAIN
It was one of the first places that the British came and they already had this big fort there. It also has a lot of culture and a really great National Museum, I thinks one of the better museums in the Middle East. Not only does it have a big history part but it has a really nice contemporary art like centre. I also had you know fun time driving into the desert, have you heard of the tree of life or so the tree of life in Bahrain you drive desert desert desert and suddenly there is this huge green tree that people think is this anomaly. I think Bahrain in a lot of ways is an anomaly.

EGYPT
I one night ate pigeon and it’s actually pretty good. I was you know we ordered it, it’s somewhat common and it’s not, it’s fine, it’s like a small little bird it’s hard to get the meat off but you have to eat it with your hands. I kind of go through the bones, I wouldn’t recommend it. You know on a first date because you’re a little bit you know using your hands but it’s that was interesting that was a first for me. What I remember the most was that the pyramids are first time you see them are amazing and then you drive by them every day and it’s funny that something so incredible can become so normalized. I went to Luxor to see all of the temples there and it’s just you know they say that the pyramids were older to Cleopatra then Cleopatra is to the iPhone. That’s unbelievable right, to think that there’s that much history.

IRAQ
I spent my time in Iraqi Kurdistan and I think I was a little bit nervous to go there. I think a lot of places we get nervous since all in our heads and the second that I landed you know we were walking down the streets seeing everybody living their normal day lives, we got really really comfortable and it’s such a beautiful place. We ate a lot of kababs, we also ate a lot of fresh honey, we had to drank too much sugary tea, I think we are always like kind of had the sugar shakes, oh and the have like a big like bazaar and herbal that’s similar to like the Turkish Grand Bazaar and you can get all you know Turkish delight and tons of dried figs and dried nuts there. That’s really it’s kind of like a culinary heaven there in a way.

JORDAN
We went to Petra another really intense historical site that just kind of comes out of nowhere in the middle of the desert and then when we were leaving it started snowing and we got caught in a snowstorm which you again wouldn’t you know even I who had lived here for many years I sometimes, oh Middle East must be hot and you know we’re like deserts must be hot and that’s not true. It was so cold, snow everywhere.

KUWAIT
I thought it was such a pleasant city, I mean like palm trees and we went in like may be April so it was like perfect time weather-wise and all of our business meetings were really successful and everybody was really nice, so it was like a perfect experience.

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5. Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This is considered to be the most holiest site for christians and is constructed on the site of Jesus’ supposed tomb also in the city of Jerusalem. It was from this location where Christians believe Jesus was buried and then resurrected. The church has been a major site of pilgrimage since it was built in the fourth century. Despite being damaged by fires and earthquakes, it’s been repaired quite a few time and an extremely sacred place of worship. The pilgrims come also to see a holy relic called the stone of unction which is believed to be the spot where Jesus was prepared for burial. Inside, a shrine lays over the entrance to the cave where jesus was believed to be buried that you see in this photo..

4. Lourdes, France
Located on the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains in southwestern France, this city is home to many pilgrimages to people following the Catholic faith. In 1870, It’s here where a peasant girl by the name of Bernadette Soubirous allegedly saw the Virgin Mary at least 28 times. The Basilica Rosary is somewhat small but with impressive architecture and surprisingly does not contain the tomb of Bernadette On the 11th of February over 45,000 pilgrims visited this small city of about 15 thousand people and 6 million tourists from all over the world come here. The apparitions took place in a cave known as Massabielle and Bernadette was only 14 at the time. The Catholic Church acknowledged her visions as legitimate. The ones who do decide to make the journey here, hope to witness miracles and even be cured from illnesses or injuries.

3. Sahasralinga
This pilgrimage site is located about 10 miles from the Sirsi Taluk in the district of Uttara Kannada of the Karnataka state in India. Due to Shalmala river drying it up, it exposed thousands of these rocks carved in the language Sanskrit. Historians claim that these rocks were carved by orders of Sadashiva Raya who was the King of Sirsi during the end of the 17th century. These carvings were to honor the hindu god Shiva who is responsible of the creation, upkeep and will be responsible for the destruction of the world. The sheer quantity of the carvings is simply astounding and offer followers of the Hindu faith a place for their prayers.

2. Varanasi Along the Ganges
Considered to be the most holy site in the Hindu religion, Varanasi lies along the sacred Ganges River in India and is the spiritual capital of India. The river itself is considered to be a personified god Ganga Every morning, people wake up and wash their clothes in this river as well throw their dead relatives here as a sacred but not sanitary practice. Thousands of pilgrims each come here to attend religious ceremonies. Open cremations along banks of this river are a common occurrence that burn non stop and which is believed to grant people eternal salvation. The pollution has gotten out of control and has fecal matter content 3 times the safe level for bathing. Despite this, about 60 thousand people swim and even drink the water here each day, Hindus consider it to be a the most pure of all waters.

1.Kaaba, Mecca
15 million visitors partake in what’s known as one of the 5 pillars of Islam known as the Hajj, or sacred pilgrimage, making it by far the most holy and sacred place in the world. Islam requires each muslim to visit this city who is financially capable at least once in their life and is the largest pilgrimage in the world. This is considered to be the holiest place for muslims and The one point 6 billion followers of this religion face to the direction of Mecca Saudi, Arabia each day to pray. The population of the city can triple in size each year during the hajj. Camps are constructed to shelter the pilgrims. So what’s so special about this black cube? According to tradition it was built by the son of Abraham, Ismail built in year 2000 BC and contains a meteorite. It used to be a pagan house of worship until the prophet Muhammad arrived cleared out the icons they had been used it and made it into the house of god. The grand mosque can house hundreds of thousands of people.

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10. Palmyra, Syria
Palmyra is known as Tadmor to the Syrians. Both mean the same thing - date palm. The name comes from the lush oasis adjacent to the city which is home to some million date palms. It is the only oasis in Syria and perhaps the only truly tourist town. Palmyra sits on the standard tourist trek around Syria and should be considered in this light.

9. Jerash, Jordan
Jerash, a city in northern Jordan, is famous for its Roman ruins. The archaeological site is popular for tourists, second only to Petra.
Located some 48 km north of the capital Amman, Jerash is known for the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, also referred to as Antioch on the Golden River.

8. Baalbek, Lebanon
Baalbek is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Lebanon. Baalbeck or 'Heliopolis' as it was known is the site of great ancient temples built by the Phoenicians, the Romans, and other civilisations that have conquered the region and enjoyed the fertile soil of the Bekaa Valley. Some of the most celebrated temples are the ones of Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, and Jupiter, the Roman god of light, of the sky and weather.

7. Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia is an area in Central Anatolia in Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. The Cappadocian Region located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock formation created as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years.

6. Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum is a spectacularly scenic desert valley in southern Jordan. This area of Jordan is quite isolated and largely inhospitable to settled life. The only permanent inhabitants are several thousand Bedouin nomads and villagers. There is no real infrastructure, leaving the area quite unspoilt.

5. Cruising the Nile, Egypt
Perhaps the most popular activity in Luxor and Aswan is to do the Nile Cruise on a ship from Aswan to Luxor. It enables you to stop at each location along the Nile where you can see all the famous ancient monuments as well as experience being in the Nile River inside a five-star hotel boat.

4. Dome of the Rock, Israel
Dome of the Rock located in the middle of the sanctuary opposite of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is probably the most known landmark of Jerusalem with its golden dome and octagonal blue walls that are adorned with Arabic calligraphy of Koranic verses. The interior of both the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque are closed to non-Muslims, however, the plaza that they are situated in is open to the public.

3. Old City of Damascus, Syria
Established between 10,000 to 8,000BC, Damascus is credited with being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The old-walled city, in particular, feels very ancient and largely consists of a maze of narrow alleys, punctuated by enigmatic doors that lead into pleasing, verdant courtyards and blank-faced houses.

2. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Giza is best known for the world-famous Pyramids of Giza, situated high on the desert plateau immediately to the west of the urban district. One of the premier attractions of Egypt, if not the world, the Pyramids of Giza represent the archetypal pyramid structures of ancient Egyptian civilisation and - together with the Sphinx at the base of the Giza plateau - are the iconic image of Egypt.

1. Petra, Jordan
Petra was the impressive capital of the Nabataean kingdom from around the 6th century BC. The kingdom was absorbed into the Roman Empire in AD 106 and the Romans continued to expand the city. An important center for trade and commerce, Petra continued to flourish until a catastrophic earthquake destroyed buildings and crippled vital water management systems around AD 663. After Saladin's conquest of the Middle East in 1189, Petra was abandoned and the memory of it was lost to the West.

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Israel Tourist Attractions: 15 Top Places to Visit

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Top Places to visit in Israel:
Sea of Galilee, Palmach Museum, Timna Valley, Yitzhak Rabin Center, Hanging Gardens of Haifa, Dolphin Reef, Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv promenade, Caesarea Maritima, Beit Hatfutsot Museum, Kings City Theme Park, Nimrod Fortress, Beit Guvrin National Park, Mount Tabor

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Don't go to Iran - Travel film by Tolt #4

One advice: never set foot on Iranian soil. Please watch this video until the end to be sure to understand.

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10 Things NOT to Do in Abu Dhabi

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If you’re in the mood for a vacation unlike any other, then the United Arab Emirates can truly deliver. Though the country’s most populous city, Dubai, gets most of the attention, there’s still plenty to see in Abu Dhabi . But before you go, check out these things not to do in Abu Dhabi.

1. Don’t Rent a Hotel Room Right Next to a Mosque
In Abu Dhabi, there’s a call to prayer five times a day. This call is particularly louder closest to mosques. So, unless you want to be up before the sunrise every morning, it’s probably best to pick a hotel room in a quieter part of town.


2. Don’t Expect to Get Anywhere Quickly
Abu Dhabi has about 2.7 million people crammed into a small oasis in the desert. It’s congested at the best of times, but during rush hour and on the weekends, traveling across Abu Dhabi can be like moving through mud.


3. You Can Drink in Abu Dhabi, But Don’t Go Overboard
There are some places in the city where you can find alcohol if you’re dead set on getting some. However, make absolutely sure that you’re only consuming in locations that allow it; outside bars, certain restaurants, and a selection of hotels, drinking is a big no-no.


4. Just Say ‘No’
The country’s authorities take illegal drugs very seriously, and pretty much everything is illegal, even some prescription drugs that are totally fine in America. You can spend several years in jail just because you needed to get your hands on a little hash.


5. Don’t Expect a Ton of Interaction with the Opposite Sex
Society in the United Arab Emirates is somewhat segregated by sex. It’s not a matter of oppression as much as it is a matter of respect. So, if you’re a lady who sits down next to a man on a public bus in Abu Dhabi, there’s a chance he’ll move away.


6. Don’t Go to Abu Dhabi During Ramadan
Don’t go unless you’re a Muslim hoping to get closer to your faith. This month is focused on introspection, fasting, and prayer. It’s a big deal to them, and they don’t need you hanging out at a bar and getting obnoxious because you’re on vacation.


7. Don’t Engage in PDA
Large, public displays of affection are very frowned upon. Though you won’t end up in the slammer, if you and your spouse kiss each other or hug each other too tightly, you might find an authority figure tapping you on the shoulder as a gentle reminder.


8. Don’t Be a Gutter Mouth
Seriously, keep it clean in Abu Dhabi. Not only should you avoid cursing and making inappropriate gestures, but you absolutely can’t bash ANY religion as its considered deeply offensive.


9. Don't Be Public About your Homosexuality
This one undoubtedly sucks rocks, but there it is. The United Arab Emirates’ government is extremely close-minded to the point where public homosexuality is actually really frowned upon.


10. Watch What Clothes You Pack
Make sure you keep the tank tops, short shorts, and thongs at home. You won’t be expected to wear traditional garb, but you could get in trouble if your clothing is too revealing. At the beach you should be fine with a one-piece bathing suit.


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Iraq History Ziyarat (Travel Documentary in Urdu Hindi)

اس دستاویزی فلم کا آغاز ہم اور سے کریں گے جہاں حضرت ابراہیم الیہسلام پلے بڑھے تھے. پھر ہم آپ کو بابل کے قدیمی شہر لے جاییں گے. وہاں سے ہم نجف اشرف کی زیارت کریں گے جو حضرت علی علیہسسلام کی خلافت کے دورکا نیا اسلامی دارلحکومت بنا تھا. پھر ہم کوفہ جاییں گے جہاں پرحضرت علی علیہسسلام کے مزار کی زیارت کے بعد وادی السلام جایں گے. یہ دنیا کا سب سے بڑا قبرستان ہے. ہماری اگلی منزل کربلا موالّه ہو گی جہاں پر امام حسین علیہسسلام اور انکے ساتھیوں کو نہایت سفّاکی سے شہید کر دیا گیا تھا. اس کے بعد ہم کاظمین میں رکیں گے جو دو ائمہ کا جائے مدفن ہے. پھر ہم سامرہ جاییں گے. یہاں بھی دو امام دفن ہیں. یہ جگہ امام مہدی علیہسسلام سے بھی منسوب ہے. آپ آخری وقت میں نزول فرماییں گے اور دنیا کو امن کا گہوارہ بنا دیں گے. ہماری آخری منزل اربیل ہو گی جو کردستان کا دارلحکومت ہے. یہاں پرآپ کو اربیل کا مشہورقلعہ دیکھنے کو ملے گا جو دنیا کے مسلسل آباد مقامات میں سے ایک ہے. ہمارے پورے سفر میں لاتعداد دلچسپ مقامات آییں گے. مجھے یقین ہے کہ ہمارا سفر پرلطف رہے گا.

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Baghdad is the largest city in Iraq, the second largest city in the Arab world, and the second largest city in Western Asia.

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Top 10 Futuristic Cities Being Built RIGHT NOW!

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Here are the Top 10 Most futuristic looking cities that are actually under construction as we speak!!

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NEW MEXICO

2. KING ABDULLAH
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SAUDI ARABIA

3. DESTINY
FLORIDA

4. BISMAYAH
NEW CITY
IRAQ

5. X-SEED 4000
JAPAN

6. GUJARAT INTERNATIONAL
FINANCE TEC CITY
INDIA

7. MASDAR CITY
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

8. CRYSTAL ISLAND
MOSCOW

9. RAWABI
PALESTINE

10. ZIGGURAT PROJECT
DUBAI

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Sudan Tourist Attractions: 10 Top Places to Visit

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Meroe Pyramids, Sudan National Museum, Jebel Barkal, Sanganeb National Park, University of Khartoum, Khartoum War Cemetery, Tuti Island, Nile Street, Bayuda Desert, Presidential Palace

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10 Things NOT To Do in San Francisco!

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Today we check out some don't do's of San Fran, based on article.

Don’t pack a tropical wardrobe; the mercury hovers around 60 degrees even in summer.

Don’t park on a hill or even a slope without cramping your wheels to the curb, setting the hand brake and putting the car in parking gear. It’s the law.

Don’t stand directly behind a cable car gripman; you’ll get the wind knocked out of you when he jerks back on the brake lever.

Don’t send for an ambulance if you hear a chorus of moans, groans, grunts and wails, it’s the foghorns.

Don’t carry a milk pail to Cow Hollow; the old dairy district west of Van Ness Avenue has become a popular shopping sector.

Don’t call cable cars trolleys; they’re powered by the moving steel cable you hear humming in the slot beneath your feet.

Don’t plan to go swimming in San Francisco Bay unless you’re a member in good standing of the Polar Bear Club.

Don’t board a public conveyance without exact fare; the drivers don’t make change.

Don’t be caught without an umbrella; the coastal mists are capricious.

Don’t color the bridge over the Golden Gate gold; it’s International Orange.

It’s ’”the city by the bay” not “the city on the bay”
Above all, don’t call it “Frisco” or “San Fran.”

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