about the guide


The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in the world.  As the “Cradle of Civilization” it is home to more archeological and historic landmarks than any other region on earth. It boasts the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world as well as its oldest bridge and aqueduct ruin, Neanderthal caves and countless citadels, shrines, churches, synagogues, mosques and ancient temples dot its landscape. 

But Kurdistan is more than mere ancient history. It is a vibrant democratic and modern society whose citizens are renowned for their hospitality and multi-cultural and religious diversity. 

For those wishing to enjoy dramatic scenery, Kurdistan’s vast number of lakes and rivers, and flowering mountains are a visual delight and a photographer’s paradise.  One can take a ride up to snow-covered peaks on one of the longest teleferics (cable car) in the world. There is no end to the pleasures and exciting things to do and see. One can shop in modern malls or ancient bazaars and there are culinary delights at every turn

In 2014 Erbil was named the Arab Capital of Tourism, a singular honor for a non-Arab city. It won out over Dubai, Sharjah and the Saudi resort of Taif. Nearly three million people a year visit the region and the number is growing. Five star hotels and resorts as well as economic accommodations abound. Some of them are pictured and there is a list of the most popular. 

We are certain that once you experience this fascinating land you will come to regard it as many others do... The Unbelievable Kurdistan! 



  • A quick guide that tells you all you need to know to plan a trip to the region—from how to get a visa to the cost of a taxi and important numbers you may need during your stay.
  • Cultural tips and even a phrase section to get you started with the language
  • The Guide is divided into four main sections covering the key Governorates with special exposés on the capitals of each.  
  • The Table of Contents is color coded to easily locate your special area of interest whether it is museums, nature, religion or ancient history.
  • There are sections on the Ancient and Modern History of Kurdistan, the religions of the region and security.
  • There are over 200 historical and archeological sites covered with full color photos, background and highlights every visitor should not miss. 
  • There are a number of special articles written by famous Kurds or International friends of the Kurds on subjects such as art and music and the emerging film industry. you will even find a section on cooking replete with recipes. 
  • In the back of the Guide is a map of the region on one side and the four major cities on the other. The Map can be easily removed if desired.
  • There is a section on doing business in Kurdistan and long term stays.
  • Finally there is a fairly exhaustive list of resources including National Geographic articles, books and essays as well as videos and photography.

Published By: World Impact Press

Owner: Douglas Layton

Locations: Stratford, CT and Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq


I have just received my copy from Amazon and am impressed. I have read a little about the Kurds and have seen news coverage on CNN and specials on 60 Minutes highlighting the ISIS invasion and refugee crisis. However, I didn't appreciate what a beautiful land Kurdistan embodies. It's culture and people are fascinating. As a person of Middle Eastern descent, I am enjoying the recipes, too. Congratulations to the publishing team, your love and dedication are apparent in every page

Georgette Sinclair - 30/08/2015

Absolutely beautiful, gorgeous, AWESOME work, 100% worth every penny!! From the author (Douglas Layton): "Few realize that the Guide cost over $200,000 US to publish and that book sales alone do not begin to cover the cost of the production. Without the sponsors, the book would not have been possible to produce. It is a statement by the corporations in Kurdistan that they believe in the future of their region and a message to the world that despite the current crisis they are full of hope for this amazing land. I might mention that a portion of the proceeds of book sales goes to the refugees and IDPs in Kurdistan and to the preservation of the historical sites of the land." And for those readers also interested in keeping up with the latest news from Kurdistan Region, I highly recommend both Rudaw and BasNews (just click on the "English" or "en" word to get to the English-language versions). Bottom line: you will love and save and treasure this book forever!!!

lvriesling - 18/09/2015