Inhabited for over six millennia, Erbil is the longest continuously inhabited city on earth and its inspiring history combined with a setting of rugged beauty make it an intriguing destination. Today it is a city of imposing mosques, exotic historic sites and modern dynamism. The many civilizations to have called Erbil home include the Third Dynasty of Ur, as well as the Assyrian, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman and Ottoman empires. The city is famed for its citadel, believed to be the world’s oldest, as well as for its lovely parks. As an emerging business centre and an increasingly important hub for the petroleum, construction and infrastructure sectors, many compare it to a budding Dubai.
Dedeman Erbil is located 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the Erbil International Airport, and is easily accessible by shuttle service. Located in the heart of the modern city of Erbil, all major business and attractions are located within a short walk or drive of the hotel. Dedeman Erbil also offers excellent proximity to the best shopping in Erbil, less than five minutes from the Family and Majidi Shopping Malls and just two minutes drive from the Royal Shopping Mall. In short, whether you have come on business, to hold meetings in our state-of-the-art facilities, or simply to explore all that this inspiring region has to offer, Dedeman Erbil offers you superior, centrally located accommodations.
The Royal Shopping Mall, which features a range of fine Turkish and international brands, as well as dining and entertainment, is just two minutes by car from the Dedeman Erbil. One of the landmarks of contemporary Erbil, the Royal Shopping Mall is a great place to window-shop or buy presents for loved ones.
Minaret Park near the Erbil Citadel is the site of the 36-metre high Mudhafaria Minaret, which dates back to the late 12th century A.D. and the reign of King Muzaffar Al-Din Abu Sa’eed Al-Kawkaboori of Erbil. Its octagonal base is decorated with two tiers of niches, which is separated from the main shaft by a small balcony, also decorated. A second historical minaret decorated with turquoise glazed tiles stands nearby.
Located at the centre of downtown Erbil within easy reach of the Dedeman Erbil, Hawler Park is a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional Souk market at the Erbil Citadel, with cafes and shops in long arcades facing impressive fountains across its broad central plaza.
Just a ten-minute drive from the Dedeman Erbil, the Erbil Citadel is the oldest citadel in the world, and a colourful district of bustling, authentic markets and stunning historic architecture that is well-preserved and decorated with lovely blue arabesque designs. Entering the citadel and exploring its narrow, winding streets is like a journey back in time to a more romantic and inspiring era. Scale the top of the citadel, and you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Erbil’s green parks, onion-domed mosques and its rising modern skyline.
Opened in 1989, the Erbil Civilization Museum is located next to the archaeological site Qaling Agha Hill, just a 10-minute drive from the Dedeman Erbil. The museum’s impressive collection is housed in three halls, each of which contains artefacts from different eras. The oldest artefacts are from 5000 B.C. and are in the exhibit covering the Stone Age, and Halaf, Arido, Ubed, Warka, and Sumerian eras. The second hall houses artefacts from the Urartian, Hadhar, Assyrian, Khuriakan and Luriakan periods, while the third hall displays finds from the Islamic era, primarily from the Abbasid period between 750-1258 A.D.