Erbil is a city in the north of Iraq. It is located in the Kurdish part that was relatively safe until lately.
In July 2014, Erbil Citadel was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Erbil's climate is a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, with extremely hot summers and mild wet winters. January is the wettest month.
Erbil International Airport is one of Iraq's busiest airports and is near the city. Services includes direct flights to many domestic destinations as well as flights to international destinations in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
Istanbul, Vienna, Doha, Dubai and Frankfurt have regular connections but some destinations are suspended since 2014.
Buses travel to many Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish cities.
Public transportation is available in the form of taxis and some bus routes, but automobiles are the main mode of transportation. Compared with other cities in the Middle East, shared taxis and buses are very infrequent and impractical. If you don't know your way around or have a guide with local knowledge it is inadvisable to try public transporation alone.
See also International Telephone Calls
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