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Japanese Grant gives hope for Recovery in Lake Urmia

New Japanese grant gives hope for sustained recovery in Lake Urmia Water – albeit thinly spread – is now covering a significant amount of the lake’s formerly dried-out surface. Much more than it was two years – or even one year – ago.  And while the lake’s biosphere is still in critical condition, there have […]

Shiite Political Differences widen Gap between Najaf, Qom

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Amid the reform protests taking place in Baghdad, political differences between Shiite clerics interested in Iraqi affairs have been widening in the two cities of Qom and Najaf. While controversial […]

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Iran, Romania Football Federations Ink MoU

The Iranian and Romanian football federations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) as part of efforts to boost cooperation between the two countries. The MoU was signed on Thursday at the headquarters of Iran Football Federation in Tehran, the capital of Iran. The signing saw the participation of Iranian Football Federation president, Mehdi Taj, and […]

How ‘Half the World’ is attracting Tourists to Iran

By Maysam Bizaer for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Since the election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013, Iran’s tourism industry has witnessed its biggest growth since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The growth saw an even more significant boost following the implementation of […]

Video: Ski Diplomacy boosts Swiss-Iran ties

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. As a fierce blizzard sweeps mountains outside Tehran, a team of elite Swiss ski instructors refuses to allow the deep freeze to stand in the way of warming ties with Iran:

Mashhad Becomes 2017 Capital of Islamic Culture

The holy city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran was officially named the capital of the Islamic culture in 2017 for the Asia region by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). Mashad was officially awarded the title in a ceremony held in the city on Tuesday, attended by a large number of high-ranking Iranian […]

Iranian Youth join wave of Ecotourism

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Off-road driving as well as tours of the desert, mountains and forests have become popular pastimes for youths in Iran. The phenomenon particularly applies to those from more affluent backgrounds, who often embark on […]

Iran to buy Electric Buses from Belarus

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko said the European country plans to sell electric buses to Iran. “Minsk has orders for 20 electric buses. Two electric bus lines will work initially. Later on the number will be increased. Orders will be made for electric buses for oblast capitals. There are orders for electric […]

Iran among 2017 Top Travel Destinations

Iran has been named as a top travel destination for 2017 as the country’s tourism market is undergoing rapid change following last year’s landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. In a recent report, Britain’s Business Insider named Iran among 50 places to travel to in 2017, commending the country’s security as a key […]

Marriott Hotels “Very Keen” on Opportunities in Iran

By John Lee. The President and Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at Marriott International has said his company is “very keen” to enter the Iranian market. According to a report from Gulf News, Alex Kyriakidis (pictured) told a press conference in Abu Dhabi: “Today, Marriott International, being a United States publicly-floated company, […]