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Iran's tourism industry is booming
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Iran's tourism industry is booming

Marketplace Middle East writes: Once off limits to many because of international sanctions, Iran is making a big comeback as a tourist destination. More than 6 million people visited Iran in the year ending March 2017, up 50% on the previous year and three times the number in 2009, according to official data.  

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The Tomb of Hafez and its memorial hall, the Hāfezieh, are two memorial buildings constructed in Shiraz-Iran, in memory of Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad ebne Bahauddin Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī, one of the most legendary poets in Iranian history and a world-famous orator, who was born in Shiraz in 1315 CE and died in 1390 CE (727-792 AH).

Bread tasting from old recipes
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Bread tasting from old recipes

Bread is the dietary staple food of Iran, always present at the dinner table. At this year’s handicrafts fair, special tents had been erected in the exhibition center’s open air area exclusively for the wide variety of breads from different areas of the country.

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Tesla and Volvo seek out 10-year old Iranian inventor


The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.

Iran, US should opt long term relations


In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.

German Schiller Group Concert in Tehran


The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time. Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.  

Imran Khan comes to Iran on first trip in office


Pakistan’s Prime Minister elect , Imran Khan, is planning to travel to Iran on his first official trip in office. This will take place after his inaugural ceremony on 18 August.

No need for embassies for a trip to Iran


The Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization announced: “Tourists are no longer required to go to Iranian embassies for visas. They can apply online and travel to Iran once their application has been reviewed.”

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Reasons why Iran won't talk with Trump


Mehdi Shaddel writes in The National Interest that the recent exchange of barbs between Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump has given rise to speculations about a potential North Korea-style rapprochement between Iran and the United States following the latter’s unilateral withdrawal in May from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Such speculations partly stem from the fact that Trump and several high-ranking members of his administration, most recently Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have underscored America’s readiness for a new round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme and its regional behavior.

Pompeo's new Iran Action Group


Caitlin Oprysko writes in Politico that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday unveiled a new team to coordinate the Trump administration’s post-nuclear deal approach to Iran and bolster support for the strategy abroad.

Wang Yi: China to continue cooperation with Iran


Reuters reports that China will continue its cooperation and relations with Iran, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday, citing a statement from Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi.

US plans new ways of weakening Iran


Krishnadev Calamur writes in The Atlantic that sixty-five years ago this week, a CIA-backed coup toppled Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran’s democratically elected prime minister. The goal of the coup was to strengthen the hand of the West’s ally Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of a new Iran Action Group to coordinate U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear accord with Iran.

The Persian way of cooking chicken kebabs


Chicken kebabs, or Jujeh kabab in Persian, is another favorite barbecue prepared differently in Iran. Here is how to make it.