50,000 tourists visit Sami Abdulrahman Park in Erbil in 4 days, leaving behind waste, garbage

The director of Sami Abdulrahman Park explained that the park is cleaned daily, with garbage being transported outside Erbil to keep the city clean. "During the four days of the holidays, we collected and disposed of more than 50 tons of garbage."
Erbil Park, officially known as Sami Abdulrehman Park, in the Kurdistan Region. (Photo: Goran Sabah Ghafour)
Erbil Park, officially known as Sami Abdulrehman Park, in the Kurdistan Region. (Photo: Goran Sabah Ghafour)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Sami Abdulrahman Park in Erbil received over 50,000 tourists during the four days of Eid al-Adha, but the influx has led to challenges in maintaining the park's cleanliness, according to the park's director.

On Friday, Jamil Hussein, director of Sami Abdulrahman Park, told Kurdistan 24 that the park saw a significant number of visitors, including many tourists from outside the Kurdistan Region, southern and central Iraq, and especially from Erbil.

This surge in visitors has resulted in a substantial accumulation of garbage.

“There are many tourists from outside the Kurdistan Region, southern and central Iraq, especially from Erbil, who visit the park every day during the holidays, which has caused a lot of garbage to accumulate in the park. This is due to the visitors leaving behind the garbage,” Hussein said.

He explained that the park is cleaned daily, with garbage being transported outside Erbil to keep the city clean. "During the four days of the holidays, we collected and disposed of more than 50 tons of garbage," he added.

Hussein also highlighted ongoing issues with park maintenance, noting that some visitors litter, modify water sprinklers, cut electricity cables, and damage signposts. He attributed these problems to a lack of awareness and negligence among some visitors. “We ask everyone not to destroy the signposts in the park, as they are there for the public's benefit,” he said.

The park employees are on duty from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm to ensure the park remains clean and well-maintained for all visitors.