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Strengthening Efforts to Combat Desertification

Iran and UNDP Strengthen Efforts to Combat Desertification Today, around the world, over 250 million people are directly affected by desertification. About 1 billion people – in over 110 countries – are currently at risk of its consequences. Here in Iran, the level of desertification is “high”.  Over 20 per cent of the country’s land […]

New Generation of Iranian Hostels attract Younger Tourists

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. Tourism has been among the main sectors of the Iranian economy that immediately witnessed steady growth after the lifting of international sanctions last year as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. With the rise in […]

Zagros Airlines to buy 28 new Airbus A330s

Zagros Airlines, one of the leading domestic airlines in Iran, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and 8 A330neo aircraft. The commitment was signed at the 52nd Le Bourget Paris airshow by Seyed Abdolreza Mousavi, Zagros Airlines CEO and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO […]

Iran to Enhance Tourism Ties with East Asians

Iran is going to hold talks with Japan, South Korea and China to facilitate tourism, a vice president said. The country is contemplating easing visa restrictions for tourist trips to Japan, South Korea, and China, Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Zahra Ahmadipour told Tasnim. Delegations from the three countries are scheduled […]

Rotana to Open 1st Hotel in Iran ‘Soon’

The head of Rotana hotels group, based in Abu Dhabi, said it plans to open its first hotel in Iran in less than a year. “We have signed hotels in Tehran, Mashhad and Isfahan. We expect to open our first hotel in Mashhad, a shrine city, by the first quarter of next year,” Rotana’s President […]

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: