Reasons To Visit Basra
Basra is the third largest city in Iraq located in the south of the country just above Kuwait. In Basra travelers will find many interesting historical landmarks alongside busy marketplaces and a few family friendly attractions like the Basrah Land theme park which is ideal for kids. One of the most important sites in Basra is the Imam Ali ibn Talib Mosque, while the city is also home to the ruins of the home of the famous poet Badr Shakir al-Sayyab. A great place to take a stroll in the evening when things have cooled down is the Corniche al-Basra by the sea, or enjoy an authentic experience of Basra amongst the hustle and bustle of the Hanna-Sheikh bazaar.
Arriving In Basra
Basra International Airport is Iraq’s second busiest airport located around 15 km from the center of Basra. If you are looking to book flights from the UAE to Basra it is possible to make the journey directly out of Dubai. The airlines currently providing flights from the UAE to Basra are Emirates, flydubai and Iraqi Airways, with all flights departing from Dubai International Airport.
Basra International Airport offers both domestic and international flights and offers all of the essential amenities and services you would expect. Although the options are limited, there are a couple of snack bars and cafes on site so you won’t go hungry. When you have arrived at the airport, there are metered taxis available right outside the terminal to take you to your destination.
Basra Travel Information
Where to stay: Hotels in Basra for every budget
Most nationals including those from the UAE will have to make a visa application in order to enter Iraq, so give yourself enough time to get this complete before you embark on your journey. Although it doesn’t get quite as hot as temperatures in the UAE, Basra can still be a very hot place in the summer so pack appropriately. You will need to put your clocks back just 1 hour to get on local time in Basra, while the currency in the country is the Iraqi dinar.
* This information is correct as of March 2018
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