Iraqi Kurdistan or Kurdistan Region (Kurdish: Herêmî Kurdistanî, Arabic: إقليم كردستان ) is an autonomous
Region since 1991 (de facto state) in Iraq.It borders Iran to the east, Turkey to the north, Syria to the west and the rest of Iraq to the south. Its capital is the city of Arbil , known in Kurdish as Hewlêr. The Region is officially governed by the Kurdistan Regional Government KRG.
Following the 1991 uprising of the Iraqi people against Saddam Hussein in Gulf war , many Kurds were forced to flee the country to become refugees in bordering regions of Iran and Turkey. A northern no-fly zone was established following the First Gulf War in 1991 to facilitate the return of Kurdish refugees. As Kurds continued to fight government troops, Iraqi forces finally left Kurdistan in October 1991, leaving the region to function de facto independently; however, Iraqi Kurdistan continues to view itself as an integral part of a united Iraq but one in which it administers its own affairs.
The three governorates of Duhok, Erbil (Hawler) and Sulaimani comprise around 40,000 square kilometres and have a population of around 5 million.Disputes remain between the central Iraqi government and the Kurdish government about predominantly Kurdish territories outside the current borders of Iraqi Kurdistan. there are also issues of Kurdish disputed "sliced off" areas that was done by Saddam between Erbil and Baghdad weather they are to annex back to KRG or stay as they are.
KAR (Kurdistan autonomous region)
those disputed blocs colored in blue are all kurdish cities and 90% of their residents are kurds but were isolated from Kurdistan by Saddam for their oil reserves
KRG (kurdistan regional government)
even though Kurdistan is located in the middle east but it has mountainous and beautiful landscapes with waterfalls every where and NY times has listed it amongst other 41 places in the world to visit in 2011.
KRG-controlled parts of Iraqi Kurdistan are estimated to contain around 45 billion barrels (7.2×10^9 m3) of oil
, making it the sixth largest reserve in the world and 200.83 Trillion Cubic Meters of Gas. Extraction of these reserves began in 2007. As of July 2007, the Kurdish government solicited foreign companies to invest in 40 new oil sites, with the hope of increasing regional oil production over the following 5 years by a factor of five, to about 1 million barrels per day (160,000 m3/d).Gas and associated gas reserves are in excess of 200 TCF.
Other underground resources that exist in significant quantities in the region include coal, copper, gold, iron, limestone (which is used to produce cement), marble, and zinc. The world's largest deposit of rock sulfur is located just southwest of Erbil (Hewlêr).
Not a single American soldier been killed in Kurdistan since the 2003 invasion of Iraq as Saddam wasn't even in our region since 1991 . the Kurdish forces severely control the borders with surrounding countries and prevent trespassing of terrorist into the region even from the rest of iraq. the US army are also providing the Kurdish army (peshmerga) with advanced weapons and trainings
Jalal Talabani and Masood Barzani
Flag of the Kurdistan Region
Oil Fields contracted sites
Erbil international airport
Its runway is the longest in the Middle East and the fifth on the world level, after China, Russia, South Africa and the U.S. respectively.
The airport, designed by a British company and constructed by a Turkish company over 27,000 square meters, can operate 150 flights per day.
Mega project - Empireworld - Erbil
Naze Tower | 275M | 65 FL
Location: Kirkuk Road (replacing Naze Mall and next to Tangram Hotel)
Cost: $120 Million
Includes 400 apartments and office rooms
Area: 32000 m2
This is the Tower Design which will replace Naza Mall. The top floor will be a restaurant and the guests will get to see all of the city from it. the underground car park can take 3000 cars. The owners are both local Kurds, they are the former owner of Naza mall Shahab Nuradin who owned Naze mall and the owner of Kurmanj company Sabah Nuri.
The Kurdish Engineer Firaz Ahmed undertaking the construction announced "we did not copy the architecture from any country, we had a look in UK, Turkey, Lebanon, Dubai, Kuwait, Iran and decided to take advantage from their high rise buildings but to build something specific for Kurdistan.
This tower is the tallest in the middle east.
Construction on highest tower in Kurdistan has began, the Naze mall is now demolished and work has began on the tower :-D
ZANIYARI TOWERS | 42 fl | 72 fl
Located on the 60 meters road, and on the old Zanyari apartments which are already demolished and construction has began on the site.
Hawler city fans
Spring city project developments - proposal
Type : Project
State : Ongoing
Area : 299.320 m2
A long thin rectangular parcel of land, 1200 m (approx.) long and around 60-170 m (approx.) . 3 towers of 10-50 floors of office, retail and hotel / hospital are placed in the remaining area to shadow the suburban area behind as little as possible.
The office building is approximately 34.850 m2 gross area
February 11, 2012
The land should be in a prime location on the cross-section of Golan-Ainkawa highway. The land will be invested in the development of ERBIL Towers and other amenities such as a Business Park, Malls, Residential Buildings, and a Hotel.
Erbil Towers Project will offer distinctive commercial and retail outlets comprised in 5 towers. Each tower is uniquely designed in the form of an alphabet of ERBIL. The towers will be aligned on top of a mall in a display of the name ERBIL.
Towers E, B, I, and L will be commercial towers, each encompassing of 560 offices distributed along 28 floors. Tower R will be a residential tower encompassing 280 apartments distributed along 28 floors.
Besides the business benefits and satisfactory performance that the project is expected to deliver, it will also reshape and positively influence the economic and social environment by offering job opportunities as well as lifting the standards of the area and enhancing the business potential in Erbil.
The Mall will have a total area of 24,327 square meters and a total built-up area of 97,308 square meters. The retail outlets will be of 2 types; 355 regular outlets each of a net area of 135 m2 and 44 small retail outlets each with a net area of 108 m2.
Each tower will have 28 floors, 560 offices and a total floor area of 2,061 m2.
The Tower’s Features
* Erbil Business Tower consists of 33 floors including shops and showrooms in the ground floor.
* Surrounded by restaurants and retail shops.
* Build up area of 2200 m².
* Retail Shops area of 4000 m².
* 16500 m² of office space
* Each floor consists of 4 commercial offices each including a kitchen, an office and a private rest room.
* Available parking area for approximately 300 cars.
6 Diamond towers | 25 floors | 92m
Area: 37,872 m[sup]2[/sup]
460 luxury apartment
Location: Gulan road business district
Marriott hotel | 28 floors | 122 m
Empire Launches Two Marriott Hotels in ERBIL
Marriott Hotel Erbil
Location: Next to Sayd Abdulla Hall
Area: 56,000 m[sup]2[/sup]
Rooms: 174 single, 30 suites.
Empire signed an agreement with Marriott International to manage a five star hotel and an executive apartment property during a ceremony that was held at the newly inaugurated U.S. Consulate in Erbil. The agreement covers a 200 – room, upscale Marriott Hotels & Resorts – branded hotel, and a 75-Unit deluxe Marriott Executive Apartments’ property. The investment on the Hotel and Executive Apartments is expected to exceed USD 100 Million; both are planned to launch in 2014.
The 200-room Erbil Marriott will provide a range of amenities, connectivity & services to help business travelers achieve their objectives. Its unique and stylish interiors will blend the latest in residential design, color and real comfort. Recreational amenities will include an extensive fitness facility, an on-site spa and an outdoor swimming pool. As for the 75-Unit Marriott Executive Apartments Erbil especially designed for extended stay travelers will offer the convenience of a five-star, full service hotel with the space, ambience and privacy of residential living.
This agreement is inline with Empire expansion plan for Empire World, a private real estate development project, with an investment of over USD 1 Billion, distinguishes itself with its diverse development projects ranging from commercial developments (Erbil Business Tower and Business Complex), Residential developments (Royal City Villas & Apartments), Hospitality and Leisure (Erbil Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments Erbil and Erbil Speed Center).
Mr. Peshrow Agha, chairman of Empire stated: “We are very excited to welcome Marriott to Empire World; Marriott is the first truly global hotel brand to recognize the potential of Iraq, as a result establishing not one but two properties in the Kurdistan.”
To compliment Mr.Agha’s statement, Mr. Ed Fuller, President & Managing Director of International lodging for Marriott Int. said: “Erbil is an encouraging destination with promising economic & commercial opportunity. Erbil is believed to be one of the oldest, continuously inhabited communities in the area”.
The largest Residential and commercial complex in Kurdistan which expands over an area 875,000 sqm situated in the most influential area of Erbil city. The residential zones are comprised of a mixture of luxury houses villas and Apartments. The commercial zones includes 14 high rising office towers (30-40 floors high) and largest shopping mall in Iraq.
Project cost: 800 million US Dollars.
Four Points by Sheraton
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has signed an agreement with Ranj Co and Helar Co to open a new-build Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Erbil.
The new Four Points by Sheraton Erbil Hotel will comprise 250 guest rooms and offer extensive dining, conference and leisure facilities. The hotel will also feature all the brand's signature elements, including the Four Comfort Bed and complimentary Wi-Fi access in public areas which reflect the brand's promise and insight into the needs of today's traveller.
Project Cost: 100 Million US Dollars.
Erbil Media City
Erbil Media City (EMC), the new home for the all media channels in Kurdistan , Our vision is for Erbil Media City (EMC) to become a global hub for innovation and content creation. Located at Northern Iraq in the heart of Kurdistan Erbil City.
The city features a wide range of commercial office space, one of the biggest HD studio developments in iraq ; 1200 apartments, 200 villas, a hotel, a brand new walk market and a mall in the heart of a Erbil City.
Gulan towers U/C
Company: Korek Telecom
INFORMATION: AVM, Office and Hotel / Turnkey Basis
Duration: 01.12.2010 – 01.02.2012
Location: Erbil - Gulan street
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Kurdistan Tower u/c
The building site for the Kurdistan Tower, which will be a mixed-used building that includes office space,
retail facilities, and residences. The mixed use Naz City complex is in the background.
Divan 5 Star Hotel
ERBIL | Mazi Towers |15-18 floor| U/C
The Mazi Tower consider one of the largest project for Al-Amin establishment; its residential and service project located in center of Erbil city in new region between the two villages; English and Italian village. The area that designated for this project is (9198 m²) which includes two towers each one occupies area of (650 m²). one of the tower consists of 18 stories and the second one of 15 stories which each one of them build over 4 story building consists of basement (garage) and second story is markets for cabins and furniture and the third story is restaurant and cafeteria; the fourth story is designated for services called (SPA) which include fitness center with swimming pool build in advanced modern style.
Note:The project structure currently in the first story
Erbil Rotana Hotel
Erbil Rotana is built on a premium 20,000 m² parcel of land strategically located adjacent to the English village and less than ten minutes drive from Erbil International Airport.
One of the Luxurious Cafe ' BOND CAFE & TERRACE '
+ 205 Rooms and Suites
Erbil Garden Hotel
Location: Gulan highway
Status: On hold
Erbil International Hotel
Erbil Titanic hotel u/c
Falcon Office buildings | U/C
Location: Empire world
Each building has an area of 3600 sqm
Ground floor: Main entrance, stair case and elevators: Area 74 sqm.
Ground floor: Two separate showrooms, each of them with an area of 350 sqm.
The other three floors are offices with an approximate area of 2000 sqm.
Sheraton Hotel | U/C
Cost : approximately $93 million
Area : 53,000 square meters
Number of rooms: 316 rooms.
Completion : 2015
In the presence of foreign and local investors, Erbil held the ceremony to lay the foundation stone for Sheraton International Hotel last week. It will be one of the largest in the country. Starwood hotels, Sheraton International's parent company, signed a contract with BCDKO to manage and administrate the Sheraton.
New high rise hotel u/c
Erbil city fans - Facebook
Mem u Zin Towers - U/C
Best Western comes to the city of Erbil U/C
Company: Golden Mountains
Numbers of the rooms: for the both hotels are 242 guest rooms. an 82-room hotel at the city's airport, followed by a 160-room hotel in the city.
Cost: $75 millions
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Erbil Airport Hotel to be opened at the 2nd quarter of 2013
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Erbil expected to be opened at the 2nd quarter of 2014
Location: few meters from Erbil International Airport.
BEST WESTERN PREMIER ERBIL HOTEL
Foundation stone laid 27.11.2011
This is the site of the hotel as it stands now.
BEST WESTERN PREMIER ERBIL AIRPORT HOTEL
Future Site of the Best Western Erbil Airport Hotel
400 bed hospital | U/C
Singular Studio has been invited by Zozik Group
for the application to a restricted competition for the construction of the new Kurdistan Regional Hospital in Erbil.
This is a 400-bed teaching hospital that presents a double challenge. From the point of view of the project is to gather all the bioclimatic conditions necessary to reduce their energy consumption to the minimum rates, so for exemple, the emergency power supply must be ensured even with renewable sources throughout the year , an issue that is a challenge because of the area where is placed the project, which is well known for having a temperature range of about 65 degrees between winter and summer.
the project must be completed in 20 months, with a foreword maximum period extended to 25 months. In this sense, we are assessing the performance of the building with techniques of pre-industrialization, to cut costs in terms of implementation as well as tools and machines hire, an issue not fully available.
The application for the construction of this hospital is the result of negotiations launched in October following the journey of exploration carried out by José Moragues to Kurdistan, and will be developed jointly by Singular Studio and the prestigious firm of architects IAAA Architects.
5-star Hilton Hotel and Business Center
Plot Area 79.000 m2, Total Construction Area 113.918 m2 , Number of Rooms 168, Duration of Construction 36 Mount
Start Date 01/02/2010
Delivery Date 01/02/2013
Asuda hotel 5 star - U/C
Kurdistan international bank
Built area: 8,100 m²
Construction time: Finished
Designers: Dalamn Architects
Project cost: US $ 6,000,000
Main Branch - Erbil
Salahadinn Street - Erbil
Opposite to Sheikh Cholee Mosque
Sheikh Cholee Street
Twin tower hotels
In order to realize a project as unique and matchless as Erbil, we have designed a new 40,000 sqm building complex consisting of two skyscrapers housing a five-star hotel, residence and business center, which, when completed, will be Erbil’s most prestigious achievement.
The Business Center will form the heart of Erbil and provide a point of attraction for visitors with a boutique shopping mall located on the ground floor.
Kempinski hotel | U/C
Building status ongoing building work
Number of stories 23
Site size 25000 m2
Site type urban
Building area 50000 m2
Given the privileged corner situation of the plot, two different accesses are provided, one for the Hotel and the other for the mall. The Hotel entrance caters for a generous drop area leading to covered porch “subtracted” from the flat basalt façade. The Mall entrance is developed along the secondary street through a public piazza. The faceted volume of the mall makes it act as a sculpted gem acquiring a crystalline effect with its textured copper skin.
2nd Marriott 5 star hotel
The hotel contains nine lavish floors and 240 comfortable rooms including luxury VIP suites. Each floor will have 20 standard and executive rooms and 6 suites. The 6th floor is where the luxurious, spacious, and breath taking Royal Suite lies, in addition to 12 executive suites. As part of the commitment to development, the hotel will provide an enjoyable and safe stay for the business community and tourists visiting Erbil.
Media Center u/c
Land area (m²):40000
Construction area (m²):28000
Notice:The Project is still under Construction
the same company that built Awamedica Medicine Factory in Hawler
Ster tower located on the Gulan Street close to the airport and the emerging financial and business district, Ster Tower is the preferred location from which to secure your share of the many opportunities they present.
Kar Group u/c
KAR was established in 1999 to organize a number of a privately owned Kurdish Oil companies. Over the past two decades, KAR companies were ranked as some of the most succesful firms in Iraq in the annual listing of the Chamber of Commerce.
The Word KAR means meticulous, hard work in the Kurdish language. The group was named KAR to put this word in action.
Lamassu 5 star Hotel & Restaurant
5 star hotel, right in the entrance of Ainkawa city in Erbil , boasts modern design, providing guests with a sophisticated and stylish environment. Excellent location, personal service and breathtaking view overlooking Erbil City are just the beginning of what you can expect when staying in Lamassu hotel.
Candle Hotel - Approved
The Candle Hotel is a new level of contemporary luxury, style, design and cuisine for leisure and business travelers. Everything is designed for comfort and enjoyment of the sensory kind by our team of designers from Perspective Design.
Spread over an area of over 52,000 square meters, this hotel is a visual masterpiece of landscaping and architecture. The hotel consists of over 200 luxurious rooms and suites. It features several facilities and services ensuring the maximum of comfort and safety. You can either or get fit at the Gym or choose to unwind at the in door and out door swimming pool. The Hotel also has a prestigious ballroom for more than 1000 guests, ideal for gatherings, gala dinners, weddings, cocktail parties and business or social functions.
Erbil Trade center ON HOLD
The Project contains the following components:Small Commercial centers,Commercial Bank, Business offices,Tourist flats,5 Stars hotel ,Restaurants & Coffee shop, Chapel (small mosque)
Sport Hall and Sauna Swimming poll, Conferences Hall ( multi functions ) Cars Parking
210 room 4 star deluxe business hotel
4 specialty themed concept F&B outlets
outdoor pool & banqueting for 300 pax
project manager: Maqayas
Empire world restaurant | U/C
Empire world Occupants and Erbil residents will have the chance to pamper their taste buds with different tastes ranging from the spices and aromas of the Kurdish cuisine, the freshness and healthiness of the Asian cuisine, the variety and oriental flair of the Lebanese cuisine, to the charcoal grills of the Steak House…. Top of the line, 5 star restaurants will be open to serve their clientele for different meals at all times of the day.
Abu Shahab Restaurant
Our hotel provides service with Lux Suits with its modern equipments. Split Air Condition, LCD TV, Sattelite TV Broadcast, Blow-dryer, Wireless Internet, WC-Shower, Safe Box, Fire Alarm System is provided as standard for the comfort of our guests. Besides, there is a Restaurant on ground floor and Cafe where you can have rest during day and receive service.
Best inn hotel
Van Royal Hotel