ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Sulaimani’s landmark wheat silo, located in the center of the city of Sulaimani, on Friday was demolished in a controlled explosion to make way to a new tourism and business project in the area, according to a Kurdish official.
A new silo was built in the southern Sulaimani’s Sharazur district “up to international standards,” a spokesperson for the Kurdistan Investors Union, Mala Yasin, posted on his Facebook page.
The silo was constructed in the late 1970s by the former Iraqi Baath regime to collect the wheat in the province, a project that soon ended as the eight years of war between Iraq and Iran began.
“A business, tourism, and settlement project will be developed in the silo’s place. It will be called 'Down Town' and be up to the highest standards of quality,” Yasin stated.
He also mentioned that the new project would provide hundreds of job opportunities for people in Sulaimani and would bring new investments to the province.
Over the past few years, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has put efforts into diversifying its sources of revenue, looking to move away from its reliance on oil. Tourism and agriculture are some of the sectors that the Kurdish government aims to promote and develop.
Editing by Nadia Riva