Paddling up the Shatt-al-Arab in Basra
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).
Serving the city is Basra International Airport (IATA: BSR) with international connections from Dubai, Istanbul, 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 scheduled to arrive at 6:10AM the next morning, however delays are common. The train usually carries a restaurant car and sometimes "tourist"-class carriages.
Basra is close to Kuwait. The Safwan border crossing is a safe exit point into Kuwait from Iraq
- The Imam Ali ibn Talib Mosque in 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.
- Basra Sports City. A major sports complex. edit
- Basra International Hotel (فندق شيراتون البصرة), (In Al Ashar District), ☎ +964-781-5555472 ([email protected]), . Hotel with 205 rooms. It has a swimming pool, tennis court and resturants. IQD 240-IQD 730 per night. edit
- One can exit Basra from The Safwan crossing which will lead to Kuwait.