It’s always interesting for us here at The Arab Edition to see what content our readers from across the world like to send us when they travel.
Leena Jawad recently visited Iraq and filmed a video which they sent us. The video shows a view of The Al Mansour Hotel in Baghdad from Al Jumhuriya Bridge over the Tigris river.
The Tigris river and the Euphrates river are the two great rivers of Iraq. They flows south from the mountains of southeastern Turkey through Iraq and empty into the Persian Gulf. Based on Sumerian mythology, the god Enki created the Tigris filling the river with flowing water.
The 1,750 km long river rises in the Taurus Mountains of eastern Turkey appears twice in the Old Testament. First, in the Book of Genesis and the second in the Book of Daniel.
The Al Mansour Hotel that’s seen in the distance sits on the bank of the Tigris river in the center of Baghdad.
It was built in 1980 as the Al-Mansour Melia Hotel, part of the Spanish Melia hotel chain. Situated near Baghdad’s Green Zone and is used by Iraqi officials visiting the capital from across the country. It’s also home to a number of visiting foreigners.
On June 25 2007, the hotel experienced bombings which blew the doors off the Mansour’s dining room and caved in the room’s ceiling. The bombings resulted 12 deaths, including that of noted Iraqi poet, Rahim al-Maliki.