Cristal Group has entered into a management agreement with HARCO Erbil, represented by Mr. Mustafa Hariri, to operate the first Emerald Hotel in Erbil. It is the group’s second property in Erbil and its third in Iraq.

Making the announcement, Mr. Kamal Fakhoury, COO of Cristal Group, said:

“Emerald is our Mid market brand and we are proud to debut it in Kurdistan within the Lebanese Village development that will in fact be the first signature property to carry the Emerald flag. Erbil is an attractive hub for business as well as leisure travelers and is one of the safest destinations in Iraq.

“We are extremely grateful to HARCO Erbil for having given us the opportunity to manage Emerald Erbil and are confident it will be a great new addition to the existing range of accommodation options in the city.”

Mr Hariri, said:

“The Lebanese Village is a very significant project for us and we are pleased to work with the Cristal Group on this exciting new development. At the moment we are witnessing remarkable growth in tourism in Kurdistan that has resulted in increasing demand for quality mid-market hotels and we are confident, Emerald Erbil will establish itself as a preferred choice in the sector”.

The Emerald is part of a massive 240,000 sq.m mixed use development in Erbil and will feature 196 well-appointed hotel apartment suites. On site will be four superb dining outlets, three meeting rooms, gym, Cristal Spa and a retail centre. The phase one of the hotel is expected to be ready for operation from September 1, 2016.

Harco Erbil is sister company of Hariri Construction and Contracting.

Emerald Hotel, Erbil (Cristal, Harco)

(Source: Press Release)

By John Lee.

Kirintec, a UK-based supplier of tactical equipment for anti-terror solutions in the security and defence industry, has announced that it is sponsoring the Ur Region Archaeological Project in Iraq, led by Dr Jane Moon.

Founder and Managing Director Roy Peers-Smith commented:

We feel privileged to share the story so far and wait with baited breath as we relay what is uncovered in the Middle East.

“We respect Dr Moon and her team’s work, passion and desire to preserve.

Located in Dhi Qar Governorate, Ur was an important Sumerian city-state in ancient Mesopotamia.

(Source: Kirintec)

By John Lee.

UK-based Serco has agreed a contract extension with the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) to deliver air traffic services and academy training.

David J. Greer OBE, CEO, Serco Middle East commented:

“The contract extension issued to Serco is a true testament of our work and approach to air traffic safety and training of Iraqi nationals. We are proud that it reaffirms our position as the leading provider of outsourced air navigation services in the region and we aspire to look at longer term partnership models across the region in the future.”

The contract covers a full range of services including the continued development of Air Traffic Services and Academy Training at Baghdad International Airport.

The partnership between Serco and the ICAA has achieved a number of successes that include increasing airspace capacity, successful training and validation of national staff to become air traffic controllers, while continuously developing a solid foundation for advancing Air Traffic Services capabilities in Iraq in line with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.

(Source: Serco)

American Science and Engineering (AS&E) has announced that it has received an order to supply its Z Portal cargo screening system and Gemini parcel inspection systems to Najaf International Airport.

Chuck Dougherty, AS&E’s President and CEO, said:

“We are proud to have been selected by Najaf Airport, one of Iraq’s busiest airports, to provide the advanced technology and expert technical support it needs to protect the safety of passengers, personnel, and infrastructure.”

Sheikh Faed Al-Shimary, Director General of the Najaf Airport Authority, said:

“Passengers and freight forwarders are increasingly turning to Najaf Airport for their international air travel and shipping requirements. We chose AS&E’s comprehensive detection solutions because they provide rapid inspection of vehicles and carry-on luggage in a high-security and high-traffic environment while ensuring the flow of passengers and commerce — and because it is well-known in our region for delivering exceptional, responsive customer service.”

To secure this order, AS&E worked closely with its distributor, ASJ, in Najaf, Iraq.

(Source: AS&E)

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Department of Information Technology (DIT) has announced that Kurdistan’s top level domain, “.KRD” is available for public registration.

The Department encourages brands, organizations and individuals to take this opportunity to register the names that are important to them.

In an era of increasing global connectivity and emergence of billions of new internet users worldwide .KRD eases the limitation of millions of domain names registered in other top level domains such as .com or .net” said Hiwa Afandi, Head of DIT.

With an increasing number of partnering registrars all over the world, .KRD domain registrations are now available through retailers such as 101Domain, DomainDiscount24, OpenProvider, Namecheap and NameISP. Registrations are also available through brand protection agencies such as MarkMonitor and SafeBrands.

(Source: KRG)

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil quotes a report by Rystad Energy as saying that Iraq has the world’s third-lowest-cost crude oil.

Kuwait came in lowest at $8.50 per barrel, with Saudi Arabia at $9.90, followed by Iraq at $10.70.

Fourth place went to UAE at $12.30, and Iran took fifth place with $12.60.

The United Kingdom was the most expensive at $52/barrel, followed by Brazil at $49 and Canada at $41.

The US cost averaged $36, and Russia $18.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

PECB has announced that it has signed a new partnership agreement with Erbil-based Citadel Engineering Company, to distribute PECB training courses in Iraq.

This partnership will ensure that the respective companies will give their contribution based on their expertise in offering and organizing PECB courses.

Eric Lachapelle, CEO of PECB, said:

PECB has built a strong reputation in the international market for its expertise and ability to develop and deliver trainings on many ISO standards.

“We believe our training courses perfectly complement Citadel Engineering Company and this partnership will enable us to provide people in Iraq a cost-effective way to invest in their professional careers.

Shariyar Majlesein, the CEO at Citadel Engineering Company, said:

Citadel Company is glad and honored that it has signed a partnership agreement with PECB and become its partner in Iraq. Our vision is to distribute PECB’s various courses, introduce its services in entire Iraq and to make Iraq a good market place for PECB services.

“We will give our best to increase the awareness, competency and productivity of this region’s generation.

(Source: PECB)

(Partnership image via Shutterstock)