Sami Abdulrahman Park, Erbil

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Built on the site of Saddam Hussein's former military base and detention camp, Sami Abdulrahman Park draws scores of locals for relaxation and recreation. Favored by families and wedding parties, the park boasts rolling green lawns, lakes with fountains, rose gardens, children's playgrounds, and a small amphitheater. Take a jog along the running track, or simply stroll the tree-lined pathways and soak in the atmosphere. The park commemorates a former prime minister that was one of nearly 100 people who lost their lives in a 2004 terrorist attack. See their names inscribed in the memorial monument, together with words "Freedom is not free." Plan to see Sami Abdulrahman Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Erbil family vacation planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    you can enjoy walking over there with nice weather especially night and early morning time but in same time its not lovely we they don't accept pets to be in  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This park is large and in the middle of the city. It can get quite busy on the weekend with weddings and at night you will see a large amount of couples strolling and having picnics.  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    A place where it's free, to go. Especially it has a running ground for people who wants to work out. It's nearly two kilometers. It's the hugest park in all Erbil. It has so much sports, like basketba...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Large enough to have a picnic, go for a walk and exercising. The saff there works hard to keep the area clean
  • May 28, 2017
    Lush garden with numerous paths, two ponds and a monument. Lots of birdlife and picnic spots.
  • July 17, 2017
    Amazing place to visit and take family & friends :-)
  • May 27, 2017
    Wounderful views and you can feel natura around
  • April 17, 2017
    Always crowded but still a good place for a family picnic. Has a nice area for kids, however crowded as well.

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Running out from the central citadel in concentric circles, the city of Erbil offers a good set of accommodations. As a rule, the farther from the center you get (while still within the city proper), the newer the buildings and the more luxurious the hotels. If you're a real fan of luxury, look to the west of the city center, where impressive modern hotels overlook Sami Abdulrahman Park. If you're looking for something suited to tighter budgets, consider guesthouses and simple, older hotels.
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