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Duhok (also spelled Dohuk) is a city in Iraqi Kurdistan.


Get in[edit]

Coming from Zakho near the Turkish border, buses and taxis run regularly and cost no more than 10 US dollars. Remember that soldiers are stationed every few km on most roads and every village, town and city has checkpoints going in and out. As a foreigner, you almost certainly will be questioned, but given the trouble in the rest of Iraq, this is a routine yet very necessary precaution.

Get around[edit]

Taxis within Dohuk should cost around 3,000 Dinar. Public transportation can be found on and off the main street at the bus station and nearby taxi stands. Buses stop in front of hotel "Baghdad".

What is Duhok?

Duhok is a city located in Iraqi-Kurdistan. It offers a few touristic things to do, but those things are better than you will experience anywhere else. For starters, Dream City is the most popular amusement part among Duhok's natives. And a trip to mazi mall, a ginormous supermarket feels like a field trip of itself.

Another admirable thing are the waterfalls, as well as the Duhok Bazaar.

The city has made some mayor changes, and is more tourist friendly than a lot of big-shot places elsewhere.

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Tons of small restaurants in the bazaar area.

  • Sadeer Restaurant - apparently popular among local population (c. 6,000 dinars for a dinner).
  • Duhok Paradise - located near the waterfalls, packed with tourists coming from Baghdad or Basra (c. 12,000 dinars for a dinner)
  • Arke Restaurant, Quazi Mohhamed Road (Left from Mazi Mall Plus). Great Iraqi food and a good price. They have everything from kebab to pizza. (36.864020,42.955456) edit
  • Nawroz Restaurant on Zahko Way, a couple of blocks away from Khani Hotel, has very tasty Iraqi food. Dinner around 12,000 dinars.

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You can get the best kinds of beers and spirits from around the world. Vodka,Scotch Whisky, and beer are the most common alcohols sold and drank. They are clearly displayed within stores that sell them. Alcohol is typically imported from Greece, Turkey, and Jordan.

Many stores sell fruit juice in plastic bags. The grape and pomegranate flavours tend tp be the best since they are made from real fruit. These bags are meant to be taken home. Each bag is 1000 IQD.

Water (pronounced "My" or "Af" in Kurdish) can be found in sealed bottles for about 250 IQD at most restaurants, cafes, and convenience stores. It is not recommended that you drink the tap water.

  • Vahel Bar (7th Floor), Qazi Mohammad Rd. On the 7th floor of the Vahel Motel there is a bar of questionable quality (possible sex trafficking). As of Jan 2018, it is unknown among the expat community. (36.864020,42.955456) edit
  • Doctors Bar (Medical Bar/Chemical Bar), Ashty Road (Behind the Diljad hotel). Very nice bar, with good food and a garden in the summer. It is officially the social club of the medical university, hence the name. Beers are cold and cheap. (36.860028,42.977096) edit
  • Elpida (Coffee shop), Masiki Du (Towards the end of the road, facing North), 0750 828 6884, [1]. Sun—Thurs, 10 AM—Midnight; Sat 3 PM—midnight; Closed Friday. Cozy, quality Western-style cafe with proper espresso machines and the best cheesecake you can find in Duhok. One of the few places in town to enjoy coffee and conversation without inhaling cigarette/shisha fumes. No outside food or drink. $$. (36.875780,42.936361) edit

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Many hotels located on the two main streets that run through Dahuk around the bazar. Prices vary from 24,000 Dinar up to 72,000 Dinar for a triple room. The lack of tourism means that prices are negotiable. For a simple, most of them will announce 20$. Don't hesitate to check the room and ask for power cuts.

  • Hotel "Bircin - located in the city center, clean and modern, $40 for a double (incl. breakfast, 20$ for a simple (25000 Iraki Dinar, possible bargain to 20000 Iraqi Dinar).
  • Hotel Yotyar- located at azad hospital street its prices is good and including breakfast in open buffet.

Stay safe[edit]

Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Dohuk is one of the few places that remains safe for foreign visitors. Iraqi Kurdistan, except Mosul and Kirkuk, is safe to go to. As a foreigner, you can walk the streets safely. Although some may stare, their stares are those of confusion as Iraq is the last place most tourists go and as the Kurdish north was isolated for so long, there never was any history of tourism.

Westerners can walk and talk freely although it is possible the police or military may question you and ask for identification. Unlike other countries, this isn't a scam and they don't want money. Given the violence in the rest of the country, all non-Kurds are distrusted and checked. Don't take it personally. The stares are from the past, people of Dahuk are well used to foreigners so don't worry about it; in fact there are some westerners who live there like retired Americans or those who work for goverment. If you are male you will almost certainly be asked if you are a member of the Coalition forces.

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