Diversity and Adversity in the Cradle of Civilization
Iraq is a uniquely fascinating country, even by the high standards set by its neighbors. Given the ceaseless conflicts of the past half century and the ensuing intense media coverage, many outsiders know it only as war-town desert. That perception, however, does the country and its people a great disservice. Iraq is so much more than those fragments of its recent history. It is incredibly diverse – Kurds, Shia and Sunni Arabs, Turkmens, Assyrian Christians, Yazidis, Armenians, and many more call the country’s cities, deserts, mountains, plains, and marshes home. Iraq is exceedingly rich in history and historical sights. UNESCO-listed ancient cities dating back thousands of years dot the countryside. Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Achaemenids, Alexander the Great, Sassanians, Parthians, Romans, Abbasids, and Ottomans all governed here. And now Iraq is open for travel and tourism once more, so that visitors from abroad can experience this history and these cultures firsthand. With the fall of the Islamic State, the establishment of an autonomous Kurdistan, and a more representative government than it has seen before, the nation is poised to enter a long-awaited and much-deserved period of stability and prosperity.
Why travel to Iraq with MIR
Iraq is a welcoming and open destination, but given the nascent travel industry and lingering security concerns, having a trusted and expert travel planner is key. MIR’s guides and logisticians know the nuances of exploring here. Beyond knowing the ins and outs of arranging a journey through Iraq, they’re ambassadors to the culture, dedicated to ensuring that you have the rich travel experience that you are seeking. Join us!
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