The Ambassador of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism has said: “Iran is seen as a scary country from the outside, although this is based on a political agenda. Nevertheless, one must travel to Iran to see how it really is. We believe that tourism has a serious responsibility in portraying a new image of Iran worldwide.”
The Dolatabad Garden in the city of Yazd is one of the oldest Iranian gardens which is internationally known and dates back to over 260 years ago. There are grapevines, and cypress and cedar trees in the garden and each spring, you can smell the scent of roses and Mohammadi flowers.
A few days ago, the New York Times published its annual list of places to go in 2019. Iran was one of the countries on its list. The New York Times chose the title of “Tourism cautiously returns to this Middle East jewel” for its article and named Iran as an attractive destination.
The New York Times has published a report on 52 places to go in 2019. It has ranked Iran 45th after Hong Kong and before Houston. Its main selection criteria are arts and culture programs taking place in these countries. Iran’s name is on the list while relations between the two countries is facing severe challenges.
Si-o-se pol, or the Allahverdi Bridge, is one of Isfahan’s age-old landmarks built over the Zayandeh Roud River. With the river drying, this and other historic bridges in Isfahan are facing serious challenges.
Nasir al-Molk Mosque is one of the masterpieces of Islamic architecture located in Shiraz, one of the southern cities of Iran. The most remarkable characteristic of the mosque is its stained glass which creates a beautiful rainbow under your feet with the reflection of light on the carpet.
The Deputy of Iran’s Tourism Organization has announced that trips by US nationals to Iran over the first seven months of the Iranian calendar year has grown by 27 percent and said discussions were taking place to facilitate issuing visas for US nationals.
The Holy Hovhannes Church is an Armenian Catholic Church named after one of the disciples of Jesus called Johannes, or Hovhannes. It is located in Maragheh, northwestern Iran, and is the city’s only church.
An Iranian expert of international affairs believes: “The main challenges of Iran’s foreign policy in the next Iranian calendar year has more domestic than international roots, particularly in economic issues and increasing poverty.”
Christie’s has been auctioning works for some Iranian artists for a number of years now. This year, on its 25th anniversary in Dubai, Christie’s will be holding an auction titled "Modern and Contemporary Art in the Middle East" on 23 March 2019 in which twelve Iranian artists will be participating with eighteen works.
The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which U.S. officials say will allow the U.S. military better access to the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.
A sociologist in Iran believes: “State domination on the public sphere and preventing interactions between individuals has deprived Iranian society of public rejoicing. With emphasis by government on the sad side of religion, the opportunity to strengthen the collective spirit through religion has also been eliminated.”