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Slemani Travel Guide

Slemani (Kurdish: سلێمانی , Arabic: السليمانية) also called Sulaymaniyah, founded in 1784 by the Kurdish prince Ibrahim Pasha Baban, who named it after his father, Sleman Pasha. Slemani is a city in the east of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, . It is surrounded by the Azmar, Goizha and Qaiwan Mountains in the northeast, Baranan Mountain in the south and the Tasluja Hills in the west. The city has a semi-arid climate with very hot dry summers and cold wet winters.

The Old Town is considered as the heart of the city, even though it is relatively a young construction. You can wander around its large open bazaars and taste the delicious local food there. Being a major cultural center, the city is filled with local art galleries and museums that take the visitors on a time travel back into the history. Surrounded by the mountains, you can enjoy the beautiful overview of the city after a hike or cherish the amazing scenery in one the parks. The city currently hosts a population of roughly 800,000 people along with two public universities, and five private universities. 

Things to Do in Slemani

Slemani is a wonderful destination to have a unique experience with many valuable historical places and its breathtaking landscape. Here are the places you should visit while you’re there.

Amna Suraka

Speciality Museums

Ahmad Awa Waterfall

Mountains • Hiking Trails

Dukan lake

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Nature & Wildlife Areas

Hazar Merd Cave

Historic Sites • Historic Walking Areas

Best Time to Visit

Slemani endures cold winters while the summers are equally hot. Spring and fall are the best times to visit the region as the temperatures are milder. Taking two-days to visit Sulaymaniyah is highly recommended. 

Things to Know Before Visiting

The best way to get around in the city of Slemani is by taxi or renting a car. Since the public bus network running by private individuals (bus owners) in this region.

General Information

Country:Kurdistan Region
Area:20.144 km²
Language:Kurdish Soranî
Average temperature: 20.2 °C
Climate:Temperate Climate
Time ZoneGMT + 3
Telephone Code:+964
Currency:Iraqi Dinar, USD
Socket Type:Type C-D-G


Essential Numbers

Country Code: +964

Ambulance: 122

Police: 104

Fire Department.: 115

Sulaymaniyah International Airport (ISU): +964 53 317 3322