General Travel News

Erbil temporarily on UNESCO world heritage list


April 8- Erbil Citadel, Kurdistan has been temporarily listed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage List in an official ceremony early last month. This milestone is the first of its kind for the region. “We dedicated a fund of US$13 million for Phase 1 of the rehabilitation and restoration of the Erbil Citadel, and will allocate $360,000 for Phase II--all of this is meant to achieve the criteria of UNESCO for the citadel to become an official World Heritage Site soon,” said  Erbil Governor Nawzad Hadi at the ceremony attended by several officials and members of the local and international media. The rehabilitation will take place over a period of three years.

Meanwhile, officials from UNESCO who attended the ceremony were greatly optimistic about the development. “Once the Erbil Citadel will be listed as a World Heritage Site, the city -- and the Kurdistan region in general -- will attract a lot of international attention. Erbil will attract a lot of visitors and tourists, which automatically will increase prosperity and investments in the area,” said Mohammed Djelid, director of UNESCO in Iraq.

Situated in the heart of Kurdistan’s capital, the Erbil Citadel was proposed as a world heritage site by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in 2007. On January 8, 2010, the Erbil Citadel made it to the tentative list and on March 9, it became a temporary world heritage site.
Today, the citadel is a prime tourist attraction in Erbil and includes the Kurdish Textile Museum, an antique store, and a souvenir shop.
 

More General Travel News
View Dubai’s Iconic Landmarks in a Helicopter
ATM Dubai to launch Holiday Shopper on 27 April 2019
Agoda partners with Saudi Ministry of Hajj to try to attract 30 million pilgrims
Latest Travel News
Big jump in international passengers for...
flydubai will fly to Tashkent from 11 Ma...
ATM Dubai to launch Holiday Shopper on 2...
Featured Sights To See
Medeu Dam

Medeu Dam

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Address: just ahead of the Medeu Ice Skating Rink A large, 6 million cubic meters reservoir, situated 1900 meters above sea level, built in 1956 to protect Almaty from frequent landslides in the spring due to melting of ice. You can go see the dam either by car or on foot – park your car at the skating rink. Going on foot is definitely a much more enriching experience – you can never get eno...

Helsinki Zoo

Helsinki Zoo

Helsinki, Finland

Located on the Korkeasaari Island, Helsinki Zoo is the biggest attraction for children in Finland. The Zoo covers hundreds of acres of land and has a collection of animals and birds. Children love looking at the animals while they feed them and marvel at their size and colors! Many engaging activities have also been developed for kids in the Sea Life section of the Zoo such as having your child’s ...

Singapore Butterfly Park and Insect Museum

Singapore Butterfly Park and Insect Museum

Singapore, Singapore

The place gives you an opportunity to interact with over 50 species of butterflies along with various species of insects belonging to different phyla. These insects include rhino beetles, Hercules beetles, mounted butterflies and scorpions.    Timings: Daily from 9am to 6:30 pm Admission fare: SGD 10 for adults and SGD 6 for children 33 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa Singapore 099...

Sabana Grande

Sabana Grande

Caracas, Venezuela

The city’s most popular pedestrianized area, the Sabana Grande is focused on a one-mile long boulevard. Absolutely no vehicular entry is allowed – a law that is strictly imposed only in this locality in Caracas. The boulevard is popular for its many chic boutiques dotted along here and there – lots of variety, plenty of bargains, and quite a number of pickpockets! The eateries and coffee sh...