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Known for the manufacture of the Muslin cloth and Mosul marble, Mosul is located in northern Iraq and is the capital of the Ninawa Governate. This is now the second largest city in Iraq.

Mosul stands on the banks of the Tigris and has five bridges linking the areas. It is the second largest city in Iraq and is home to the University of Mosul one of the biggest educational centres in the country. The city has been inhabited for centuries and has several historic monuments and places.

The Umayyad Masjid was the first masjid to be built in the city in 640 AD. Next to this is the Nuriddin Masjid built in 1172 AD. One of the most prominent sites is the Nabi Yunus Masjid, built on the Al-Tawba Mountain. It is believed that Prophet Yunus (A.S) was buried here. The Mujahid Masjid and the Masjid of Prophet Jerjis (A.S) are also important sites.

The Mashad Yahya Abul Kassem is known for its conical dome and is located on the right bank of the Tigris. The Bash Tapia Castle is located high above the Tigris. The Qara Serai or the Black Palace dates back to the 13th century, the remnants of which remain today. The Mosul Museum houses several artefacts from the sites of Nineveh and Nimrud.

Mosul has an active arts culture and the Mosul School of Painting refers to the miniature style of painting that emerged in the 12th and 13th century in northern Iraq. The metal craft, which originated in Mosul, influenced the Islamic world.

Mosul also has a large population of Assyrian Christians and as such home to a number of historical churches.

 

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Iraq Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Baghdad

GEOGRAPHY

Iraq is bounded by Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Spanning an area of 437,072 km2 , Iraq mainly consists of deserts and mostly composed of mountains in the north of the country.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 30.3 Million. Muslims account for about 97% of the population.

CLIMATE

Hot and subtropical. In most parts of the country summer temperatures average above 40 °C (104 °F) and winter temperatures ranges between 15 °C to 19 °C (59 °F to 66.2 °F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Arabic and Kurdish are the two official languages. Syriac and Azeri are widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+3 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government:
8 AM to 2 PM
General: 8 AM to 5 PM
(Saturday to Wednesday are the working days of the week. Thursday & Friday are considered as weekends)


HOLIDAYS

National Day: October 3rd
May Day: May 1st
Republic Day: July 14th
Christmas Day: December 25th

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar):
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha
Milad-un-Nabi
Islamic New Year

CURRENCY

Iraqi Dinar

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 104/122
Fire: 115

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