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Paddling up the Shatt-al-Arab in Basra

Basra is safer compared to other parts of Iraq

Basra (Arabic: البصرة Al Baṣrah) is a port city in the Lower Mesopotamia region of southern Iraq, very close to the border with Kuwait. It is Iraq's third largest city with a population of 1,700,000 (2003).

Get in[edit]

Serving the city is Basra International Airport (IATA: BSR) with international connections from Dubai, Istanbul, Dubai, Beirut, Guangzhou and Amman. Domestic flights are avalible from Erbil and Baghdad.

An over-night train service from Baghdad departs daily at 6:30PM and is schedueld to arrive at 6:10AM the next morning, however delays are common. The train usually carries a resturant car and sometimes "tourist"-class carriages.

Basra is close to Kuwait. The Safwan border crossing is a safe exit point into Kuwait from Iraq

Get around[edit]

Map of Basra.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The old mosque of Basra, the first mosque in Islam outside the Arabian peninsula.'
  • Sinbad Island was a tourist landmark which sadly no longer exists. 20 years ago there was a casino and houses here but after the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf Wars all that is left are a few houses occupied by squatters. A new bridge has been built right next to it which completely overshadows it.
  • Palm tree forests
  • Sayab's house ruins is the most famous home of the poet Badr Shakir al-Sayyab. There is also a statue of Sayab, one of the statues in Basra done by the artist and sculptor nada' Kadhum located on al-Basrah Corniche
  • Corniche al-Basra is a street which runs on the shore of the Shatt al-Arab running from the Lion of Babylon square to the four palaces
  • Sayyed Ali al-Musawi Mosque or Mosque of the children of Amer, which is located in the city center on al-gazear street which was built for Shia Imami's leader sayyed Ali al-Moussawi in Iraq and neighboring countries.
  • Basrah Land formerly called Fun city of Basrah is one of the oldest theme park entertainment cities in the south of the country and the largest involving a large number of games giants.
  • Indian market (Amogaiz) which is one of the main bazaars in the city.
  • Hanna-Sheikh bazaar, is an old market which was established by the powerful and famous Hanna-Sheikh family.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Basra Sports City. A major sports complex under construction. It will be used as main venue for the 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations.  edit

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Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Basra International Hotel (فندق شيراتون البصرة‎), (In Al Ashar District), +964-781-5555472 (), [1]. This hotel with 205 rooms has just re-opened. It has a swimming pool, tennis court and five resturants. IQD 240-IQD 730 per night.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • One can exit Basra from The Safwan crossing which will lead to Kuwait.
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