Tourism boom expected in Erbil during Ramadan holidays

Governor Omed Khoshnaw expressed optimism regarding the surge in visitors, highlighting the region's appeal as a destination for families seeking to spend quality time together during the holidays.
Erbil's Governor Omed Khoshnaw during the news conference. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Erbil's Governor Omed Khoshnaw during the news conference. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - As the holy month of Ramadan commences, Erbil, the capital city of the Kurdistan Region, anticipates a significant influx of tourists from central and southern Iraq.

Governor Omed Khoshnaw expressed optimism regarding the surge in visitors, highlighting the region's appeal as a destination for families seeking to spend quality time together during the holidays.

Governor Khoshnaw remarked, "During the holidays, a large number of tourists come to the Kurdistan Region, especially Erbil, to vacation and spend a good time with their relatives. This year, we anticipate a substantial increase in tourists from central and southern Iraq."

Assuring the comfort and convenience of visitors, the governor emphasized improvements at checkpoints; ensuring tourists are treated with utmost care and provided with necessary facilities.

"In previous years, we encountered challenges at the checkpoints, but now, tourists are welcomed warmly, and all facilities are readily available to ensure their satisfaction," he remarked.

Statistics from Erbil province's checkpoints reveal a promising start to the holiday season, with over 14,000 tourists arriving on the first day of Ramadan holiday alone. The numbers continue to climb, with more than 6,500 arrivals recorded on April 11, and expectations of further increases in the coming days.

Ramadan holiday marks the end for a period of heightened spiritual observance for Muslims worldwide, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists from across Iraq and neighboring countries to the Kurdistan Region.

Pshtiwan Sadiq, the Kurdistan Region's Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs, announced in a press conference on Monday April 8 that Tuesday will be counted as the last day of Ramadan due to the visibility of the crescent moon in the Kurdistan Region. Therefore Wednesday April 10 would be the first of Eid al-Fitr.

This annual holiday, as well as Eid-al-Adha, underscores the region's growing prominence as a preferred destination for holidaymakers during Ramadan and Eid-al-Adha holidays.

The Kurdistan Regional Government's commitment to fostering tourism development is evident through ongoing investments and initiatives aimed at enhancing visitor experiences. With a focus on infrastructure and hospitality, Erbil is poised to welcome and accommodate tourists seeking a memorable holiday experience amidst the region's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty.