Fly To Baghdad, Iraq
Baghdad and Iraq in general have been in the news for all wrong reasons in the last few decades. Amidst the political and religious tension, however, is a city with incredibly rich history and culture.
The capital of Iraq, Baghdad was once at the centre of the great Mesopotamian civilization. Other major empires, including the Sumerians and Babylonians have too made their mark here.
The city truly came to life during the golden age of Islam. It became the centre of scientific, cultural, and artistic learning and one of the greatest capitals of that time. Baghdad’s modern history has taken away much of its cultural and historical significance, but behind the turmoil lies a city that is poised to be a major Middle Eastern travel destination.
Over the last few years, the political and security situation in the city has improved vastly. Iraq has started a new democratic way of life, and so have most of its people.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Baghdad do require a Visa for Iraq. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The nearest SA embassy to Baghdad is in Amman, Jordan. 15 Bashir Al Shuraiqi Street, North West Abdoun, Amman, Jordan. Phone: +962-6-592-1194/2288/4364.
See and do
As Baghdad rebuilds itself, it offers visitors and guests a unique window into its history. Here are some sights that you should not miss when you visit the city.
The Iraq Museum: The newly reopened museum shows you the history of the country, and it goes all the way back to the beginning of human civilization to tell its story. Its collection includes artefacts that are over 10,000 years old. A visit to this incredibly huge museum helps you understand how art, science, religion, and industry developed, and how the best and worst aspects of humankind came to be.
Baghdadi Museum: While the Iraq Museum focuses on the history of humanity itself, the Baghdadi Museum limits its focus to the cultural heritage of the Iraqi people. As a result, you gain a deeper understanding of the city’s local history, culture, and everyday life here. The place has hundreds of sculptures depicting Iraq folk life, paintings, photographs, and other material that depict the city’s history.
Al Shaheed Monument: Also called the Martyr’s Memorial, this beautiful structure was constructed as a memorial to the Iraqi lives lost in the Iran-Iraq war. The main structure consists of a split Abbasid era-styled dome with an eternal flame in the middle. Surrounding the structure is a number of parks, walkways, an exhibition hall, library, and an artificial lake.
Zawraa Park: The Park is part of the larger Baghdad Zoo, which was damaged badly during the early days of the 2003 Iraqi war. Today, the Park is a place where tourists and residents alike can sit back and relax in tranquillity.
Baghdad International Airport – BGW
Located 16km from downtown Baghdad, Baghdad International Airport is the largest airport in the country at present.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Baghdad Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: Al Burhan Group has facilities and accommodations 5 minutes from Baghdad Airport. An airport shuttle service is offered.
Airport Hub: Baghdad International Airport (code BGW) is a hub for Iraqi Airways and Al-Naser Airlines.