Local Souk

The local market (or Souk) in Erbil is located in the vicinity of the Citadel. If you are looking for a more traditional feel, as opposed to the new malls, then this is the place to come.

You can find anything from clothes to sweets in the numerous shops that align the streets. You will also find excellent local kebab houses if you care for the ”real” flavours. Do not expect 2 star service, but Mam Yassin’s kebab house is the one to aim for. Watch out for the fake goods that have flooded the market from China, although these make for a good laugh.

You haven’t seen all of Erbil if you haven’t been here.

Family Mall

Located on the 100 meter ring of Erbil, the Family mall opened at the end of 2010. Developed by the Darin Group, the Family mall hosts a number of services including various shopping stores, fun fair, ice rink, and restaurants.

You can find clothes, electronic goods, home appliances,  and home furniture amongst other things. The Family mall will be the location of the first Carrefour hypermarket in Iraq.  You will also be able to find the DIY store ‘Home Istanbul’ where you will be able to find all your DIY needs. The Carrefour hypermarket was supposed to open soon after the opening of the mall, but has yet to do so. There is no doubt that the opening of Carrefour will be a major development for Erbil and its region.

The mall will also be inaugurating a 14 screen cinema compex in the near future, something the city is badly lacking.

Majidi Mall

Majidi Mall was opened 27th November 2009 in Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital city, Erbil.

After Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Prime Minster Barham Salih opened the mall, Erbil Chamber of Commerce Chairman Dara Jalil Khayat, said the commercial importance of the region had been steadily increasing and that the mall would ease the lives of locals.

The Majidi Mall is situated on 130,000 square meters of land. It can accommodate up to 2,500 vehicles on its parking facility.

Kuwait’s renowned hypermarket City Centre was also opened during the ceremony which was attended by several Kuwaiti officials and businessmen as well. You will be able to find most of your food requirements in this hypermarket.

City Centre Hypermarket sells 450,000, products on 13,000 square meters, on the first floor of the three-storey building.

You will find outlets such as Levi’s, Benetton, Adidas as well as a host of Turkish brands such as Sarar. On the third floor of the mall, you will find a food court as well as a childrens play area.