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Vice Chancellor of the University of Kurdistan From a region that was closed off from the West pre-2002, Kurdistan is gradually moving toward an English bilingual society. This linguistic shift owes much to the vision of Prime Minister Barzani, who took the decision for the institution to provide education through English as of 2006. This… Read More

The prodigy of the Middle East


An investment hub brimming with opportunity, Kurdistan is fast becoming the prodigy of the Middle East. From the ashes of the tumultuous previous regime has emerged modern Kurdistan like the mythological phoenix. To look back on this prosperous decade is to take stock of just how far the region has come in such a short… Read More

The “Business” of Custom Knives

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Learn what every maker who tries to sell a knife should know. I have been involved in custom knives for over 23 years. I have never seen the custom knife market as competitive as it is today. By now I suspect that many custom knifemakers out there have noticed that there are many custom knifemakers… Read More

KAR Group


KAR Group is the Kurdish oil and gas leader in more ways than one; it also stands apart for its range of activities and ambitious vision. Owner of the largest private refinery in all of Iraq, KAR’s performance is notable for its success in downstream activities. Indeed, such is chairman Mr. Baz Karim’s burgeoning reputation… Read More

Marathon Oil KDV


With a four-block portfolio, Marathon Oil is well positioned for growth in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. A five-year plan is being implemented to progress from exploration to oil production in what is “one of the few great exploration areas left in the world,” in the words of general manager and director Dr. Adel Chaouch.… Read More

Oryx Petroleum


The Kurdistan newcomer with a veteran’s experience Strictly speaking, Oryx Petroleum is a newcomer to Kurdistan, having officially set up in the region under that name in 2011. But in truth, that only tells a small part of the Oryx story, which can’t be understood without referring to Addax Petroleum. Listed on the Toronto Stock… Read More

Ster Group


The seemingly unstoppable growth of Kurdistan is inseparable from the construction industry, and Ster Group is crucial to the sector’s positioning in the economy. When the broad range of diversified activities the company is engaged in is taken into account, one takes stock of the sheer importance of Ster to the Kurdistan adventure. Mr. Sarwar… Read More