How would you define the hospitality industry in the Kurdistan Region, and Divan Erbil’s added value to the market?
Despite the KRG’s current difficulties, the outside world has increasingly been acknowledging the appeal of the region’s diversity of peoples, landscapes and traditions. I believe it is time the word went out again that the KRG is a great place to see. The region was recognized as one of the “41 Places to Go in 2011” by The New York Times. National Geographic similarly named the region as of the “20 Best Trips of 2011”. Aside from its natural beauty, the approximately 3,500 historical sites spread across the three governorates make the region a key destination for foreign visitors.

As a towering addition to Divan Group’s collection of fine 5 star hotels, Divan Erbil brought an innovative style and state-of–the-art luxury to the heart of the world’s longest-inhabited city, Erbil, Iraq. As the most visually striking modern structure in Erbil, and a local landmark, Divan Erbil incorporates the latest in leisure and business technology, luxury accommodation and amenities, redefining the concept of the business hotel from the ground up. We, at Divan Erbil, as people, a brand and a property always aim to provide the highest-end hospitality experience to our guests by making them feel fully at home.

What is it that makes Divan Erbil different from the other hotels in the Kurdistan Region?
There are many areas in which I believe we excel, however above everything I would simply say that it is “people”. From our security to the doorman, from reception to housekeeping, food and beverage, kitchen staff, engineering, sales, finance; in short the entire team puts all their effort into making our guests feel that they are in safe hands. This is something that they do with great passion.

As the most visually striking modern structure in Erbil, and a local landmark, Divan Erbil incorporates the latest in leisure and business technology, luxury accommodation and amenities, redefining the concept of the business hotel from the ground up.

On top of our passion for service, we have an unbeatable location and lay out, top-level security measures, a variety of well-equipped guest rooms starting from 45 square meters up to 300 square meter suites, different kinds of cuisine, including ‘local tastes’, international flavors, Turkish cuisine and far-east cuisine. Our Sushi bar on the top floor is a unique place not only for its delicious rolls but thanks to its view and atmosphere. Moreover, we have a variety of hi-tech meeting rooms, we have the biggest ballroom in the region with a 1000pax capacity, a fully-fledged spa with an in-door heated pool, a Turkish bath, massage rooms, a steam and sauna, and gym facilities.

All of the above-mentioned features are what make Divan Erbil “unique” in the region. These make it an ideal choice for clients and travelers from all different backgrounds.