Wadi al-Salaam Cemetery: Life and Death Brought Together

Wadi al-Salaam cemetery in Najaf is the largest in the world, estimated to be home to some six million graves. According to the UNESCO World Heritage website, the cemetery forms 13% of Najaf city, extending from the centre to the outermost of the north west of the city, covering 917 hectares. The cemetery is the …

Iraqi Passport Holders – Visit Three of the World’s Top Ten Travel Destinations

Travelling the globe not as difficult as it might seem It is not regarded as the best document for travelling the globe, but the Iraqi passport is perhaps not as bad as it seems. In a list of the top 100 destinations published by Euromonitor, holders of the most recent Iraqi passport can visit 6 …

In Photographs: An Ancient City in Danger of Disappearing

Hussain Ammar Yalla – Al-Mada’in Taq Kasra, the only remaining structure in Ctesiphon city, is on the verge of complete collapse due to torrential rain and lack of maintenance. Ctesiphon (Al-Mada’in), situated on the eastern bank of the Tigris 35 km southeast of Baghdad was once one of the biggest cities in the world. Taq …

State of the Art Tumour Treatment Radiation Unit Opens in Iraq

Hospital in Baghdad unveils the country’s first unit for treating tumours and brain abnormalities using “Gamma Knife” technology that dispenses with the need for invasive surgery The Health Ministry has announced the opening of its first unit to treat brain tumours, aneurysms and congenital birth defects without surgery. Minister of Health and Environment Adela Hammoud …

Your health matters to us

Twelve snippets of advice for a healthier life: 1 – Place a pillow between your legs when sleeping 2 – Make walking a sport 3 – Bump up your vitamin D levels with more sunlight 4 – Stand up straight 5 – Cut back on the amount of time you’re glued to laptops or mobile phones 6 …

Nyan Cycling

Nyan Yassin, 24, is a professional competitive cyclist in Sulaymaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. She is the captain of an all-female club called Newroz Club, the only cycling club for women in Sulaymaniyah, although there are other clubs around Iraq. She trains and competes on roads that are badly surfaced and busy …

The surprising Advantages of using Vaseline

Vaseline. It’s just for skin, right? Wrong! You may have been using it to treat dryness or burns but petroleum jelly also has many other uses and advantages. 1. Polish – Vaseline can act as a makeshift polish for your leather shoes. Just rub it in using a soft piece of cloth or cotton. 2. …

Up Your Mental Game With These Smartness Tips

Barely a week passes without the publication of new research, claiming that this, that or the other will make us more intelligent, and improve our ability to process and retain information. America’s Newsweek magazine has pulled together the 7 most effective ways to boost your brain power. Brain training: flex your grey matter in the …

Keffiyeh Looks Set To Be Style Icon In 2016…For Women

2015 saw the keffiyeh surge in popularity across the globe, as trend setters adopted it as a key part of their look. And while in Iraq we recognise the scarf as traditionally a man’s accessory, fashion houses are incorporating the distinctive check into the winter lines for women in 2016. Here we take a look at …

Up Your Mental Game With These Smartness Tips

Barely a week passes without the publication of new research, claiming that this, that or the other will make us more intelligent, and improve our ability to process and retain information. America’s Newsweek magazine has pulled together the 7 most effective ways to boost your brain power. Brain training: flex your grey matter in the …