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Mesmerizing Interiors Of Iran's Mosques Captured In Rare Photographs By Mohammad Domiri

- Mohammad Domiri, a talented architectural photographer from northern Iran, takes stunning photos of grandiose mosque architecture throughout the Middle East. -boredpanda - 7/29/14

Explorer 'dices with death' as he treks Iran's longest river for a MONTH

- A Northern Ireland adventurer who traced the longest river in Iran from source to sea, has described it as 'dicing with death'. Leon McCarron walked, kayaked and biked along the waterway - from the snowy mountainous headwaters of the south west to the Persian Gulf - in a country still largely shrouded in mystery. -Connie Allfrey, Daily Mail, UK - 7/29/14

Boeing to provide Iran Air with plane parts: Report

- Aerospace giant Boeing has reportedly signed a deal with Iran Air to provide the Iranian flag carrier airline with plane parts. A regulatory filing which was issued on Wednesday reads that Boeing will provide goods and services "related to the safety of flight" for Iran's flag carrier airline, AFP reported. - 7/25/14

'Tsunami of tourists' head for Iran

- Tehran may be a capital of some 12 million people, but remarkably it has only three large five-star hotels. A fourth is under construction yet most of Tehran's accommodations remain smaller apartment style hotels. Farman Ghafarian owns two of these enterprises -- Tehran Grand Hotels One and Two. The recent spike in visitors has him thinking expansion. -Reza Sayah, CNN - 7/21/14

TripAdvisor grants Certificate of Excellence to tomb of Persian Poet Hafez

- TripAdvisor, a U.S. travel website that provides directory information and reviews of travel-related content, has granted a Certificate of Excellence to the tomb of Hafez in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, Fars Province. - 7/12/14

Iran's Khar Turan 2nd largest biosphere reserve in world

- The national park of Khar Turan, located southeast of the Iranian city of Shahrud, is believed to be the second largest biosphere reserve in the world. Khar Turan national park, with an area of around 1.5 million hectares, is the world's second largest biosphere reserve after Africa's Serengeti, says the park's Chief Ranger Ali Akbar Ghorbanloo. - 7/8/14

Aircraft Manufacturers Vying for Iran Market

- Major aircraft makers and spare part producers have reached out to the Iranian companies to grab a share of the country's potentially lucrative market once the anti-Iran sanctions are eased, an Iranian official said. - 7/7/14

Foreign tourist visits to Iran up 215% in spring 2014

- Visits to Iran by foreign tourists rose 215 percent in spring 2014 compared to spring 2013, the deputy director of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization said on Monday. - 6/24/14

Iran's 5200-year-old Shahr-e Sukhteh (Burnt City) joins UNESCO World Heritage List

- The 5200-year-old Shahr-e Sukhteh (Burnt City) located in southeastern Iran was registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List on Sunday. The site was registered with no opposing vote during the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee - 6/23/14

Photos: Train Crash Kills 1, Injures 30 in Northern Iran

- A passenger train collided with a freight train in Northeastern Iran, killing at least one people and injuring dozens. The incident happened at a railway station near the city of Damghan in Semnan province on Thursday night. - 6/6/14

Historical sites of Iran attract international networks

- Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (CHTHO) has issued licenses for 20 international networks to produce programs about the historical sites of Iran. - 6/5/14

Iran Reports Its First Death From MERS Virus

- Iran reportedly has suffered its first fatality from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Reports by state media on May 29 about the death come a day after the first cases in Iran were publicized. - 5/30/14

Iran Reports Its First Cases Of MERS Virus

- Iran has recorded its first two cases of the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Iranian media quote Health Ministry official Mohammad Mahdi Gouya as saying the virus that causes MERS was confirmed in two sisters in the southern province of Kerman. One is reported to be in critical condition. - 5/28/14

Tsunami of foreign tourists hitting Iran: Official

- When taking into account Shia pilgrims and visitors from neighboring countries, more than 4 million foreigners toured Iran from March 2013 to March 2014, each accounting for an estimated $1,200 of revenue, Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (CHTHO) Director Masoud Soltanifar said. - 5/24/14

Photos: Mianeh suspension bridge, mountainous nature attract tourists

- Mianeh, northwestern Iran, has attracted many eyes from Iran and around the world with pastoral beauty. The suspension bridge over the mountains of the region remains a good place for bungee jumping and diving. -Salar Pouyan, MNA - 5/19/14

European tourist visits to Iran up 240%

- The entry of European tourists to Iran has risen 240 percent between April 9 and May 10 compared to the same period last year, Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization Director Masoud Soltanifar said on Saturday. - 5/19/14

American Skateboarders in Iran

- The short film posted above is part of videographer Patrik Wallner's skateboarding documentary, the Visualtraveling series, which features countries that people wouldn't normally associate with skateboarding. In "The Persian Version," an international group of professional skateboarders offer a truly unique way to see Iran, where I was born. -Jasmin Ramsey - 5/4/14

You've got to watch this skateboard tour of Iran. It's beautiful

- If National Geographic made skate videos, they'd probably look like "The Persian Version" - a dazzling, 30-minute film that follows a crew of professional skaters as they zigzag across Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. -GlobalPost - 5/2/14

Iran Wants 400 New Passenger Planes By 2025 If Sanctions Lifted

- Iran's top civil aviation official says Iran wants to buy 400 new passenger airplanes by 2025 to replace the country's aging fleet if sanctions over its contested nuclear program are lifted. Ali Reza Jahangirian of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization told journalists in Tehran on April 30 that 40 percent of the country's commercial airliners have been grounded due to a lack of spare parts. - 4/30/14

21 Gorgeous Photos That Show Why Iran Is A New Tourist Hotspot

- Iran is becoming a tourist hotspot this year, with tour operators reporting significant increases in tourists booking trips to the Middle Eastern country. Perhaps that's because of a slight thaw in its relationships with the West, or simply because of the allure of exploring a little-known tourist destination with few other tourists around. -Jennifer Polland, Business Insider - 4/30/14

U.S. Government Allows Boeing To Sell Plane Parts To Iran

- Aircraft manufacturer Boeing says it has been granted a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to export spare parts for commercial airplanes to Iran. Also on April 4, General Electric (GE) said it received U.S. permission to overhaul 18 engines sold to Iran in the late 1970s. - 4/5/14

Photos: Nakhcheer cave

- Nakhcheer or Chal-Nakhjir is a cave situated in Markazi Province of Iran. It is a limestone cave approximately 70 million years old. Parts of the cave including its internal lake have been prepared for easy tourist access. It was discovered in 1989 and registered as a national monument in 2001. Its interior is made of crystals, dolomite sediments,stalactites and stalagmites. - 4/4/14

Iran is 2014's surprise tourism hit

- Tour operators have seen a significant rise in bookings for holidays to Iran, as improved relations with the West and an expectation that Foreign Office travel advice will be relaxed boost tourist interest -Lizzie Porter, Telegraph, UK - 4/4/14

Photos: Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) in Shiraz, Iran

- The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque or Pink Mosque is a traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran. The mosque was built during the Qajar era, and is still in use under protection by Nasir al Mulk's Endowment Foundation. It was built by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Molk, one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, in 1876 and was finished in 1888. - 4/2/14

Thousands of Iranian travellers caught in snowstorms

- A new wave of cold and snow in various regions of Iran has stranded thousands of Norooz travellers on the road, and in one instance two people were killed due to landslides. Nine provinces in the north and northeast of the country have seen a sudden drop in temperature along with heavy snowfalls. - 4/2/14

Photos: Mother Winter wrestles with Amoo Norouz in Tabriz!

- On the 11th day of spring and Iranian New Year (Norouz), the city of Tabriz in East Azerbaijan province of Iran was caught offguard by a snowfall and had to wear white again! The Norouz decorations around the city were also given a white coat to remind the people that the Naneh Sarma (Mother Winter) wasn't quite ready to give up her rein to Amoo Norouz (Uncle Norouz) yet! - 4/1/14

No casualty in Tehran-Mashahd train derailment

- Iran's East-North Railway general manager has said that a train with passengers from Tehran to Mashhad jumped off a track near Shahroud on Sunday, and fortunately there have been no report of casualties. - 3/31/14

Photos: Norouz Travelers in Isfahan

- Isfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. - 3/27/14

Iran announces acquisition of passenger planes

- Iran's minister of transportation and urban development announced that Iran has purchased six passenger airplanes. The Mehr News Agency reports that Abbas Akhondi also said that the purchase of another three airplanes is in the works. - 3/22/14

Interpol: Missing Malaysian Jet Unlikely Terrorist Event

- The head of Interpol says the disappearance of a Malaysian passenger jet does not appear to be related to terrorism. Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble says new information about two Iranian men who used stolen passports to board the plane makes terrorism a less likely explanation for the jet's disappearance. -William Ide, VOA - 3/12/14

Iranians in Malaysia dismayed by visa change

- Many Iranians in Malaysia are upset about the ending of the policy that enabled them to obtain a 90-day visa on arrival (VOA), according to the Malaysian Iran Friendship Association (MIFA). - 3/6/14

Photos: International tour guides day celebrated in Kerman

- Many Iranian tour guides and representatives have flocked to Iran's southeastern province of Kerman to celebrate the seventh International Tour Guides festival, Press TV has reported. Nearly a thousand Iranian tour guides along with some foreign guests took part in the gala held on February 21. - 2/24/14

Photos: Bus crash kills 18 in northern Iran

- Eighteen people were killed and 25 wounded after a passenger bus crashed off a cliff on the Haraz Road in northern Iran. Mazandaran officials announced that five of the injured passengers are currently in the intensive care unit and in serious condition. - 2/19/14

Austrian Airlines to resume flights to Tehran

- The Austrian national carrier, Austrian Airlines, will restart flights to Tehran from March 11, 2014 onwards, the deputy director of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran announced on Saturday. - 2/17/14

Iran takes emergency measures to tackle unprecedented snowfall

- Emergency measures have been taken to resolve the problems that thousands of people are experiencing in northern parts of Iran as a result of the heaviest snowstorm in five decades, which has buried some areas under two meters of snow. - 2/5/14

Record snowfall plagues northern Iranian provinces

- Heavy snowfall has reportedly paralyzed the northern Iranian provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran, knocking out gas, power and water supplies. The Chaloos representative in Parliament reported today, February 3, that 145 townships in western Mazandaran are without water and power, and access to 10 cities has been cut off by snowfall in the region. - 2/4/14

Airbus to increase spare parts export to Iran

- Customer Support Director of Airbus Company in the Middle East region Paul Claassen said on Tuesday that the company is going to increase export of spare parts to Iran. In an exclusive interview with IRNA, he said the recent agreement signed by Iran and G5+1 has provided a suitable opportunity for export of spare parts for Iranian passenger planes. - 2/4/14

Cold weather brings hazards to Tehran parks, Iranian roads

- The head of Tehran's Department of the Environment has warned of cold weather and icy conditions presenting problems at animal sanctuaries in the capital. Hamid Rahati has warned that the sudden drop in temperature predicted for the coming week will demand special care at zoos and animal and bird parks across the city. - 2/3/14

Photos: Snowy City Festival in Boroujen

- The 7th Snow City Festival was held January 28-30 at the Choghakhor international pond close to the the town of Boroujen in the Iranian province of Chahar Mahaal and Bakhtiari. 179 people in 39 groups had registered for the competitions. Among the participating groups, 13 were from other provinces. These groups created many giant snow sculptures which decorated the landscape and captivated the visiting people. - 2/3/14

Photos: Heavy Snow in Rasht, Northern Iran

- First snow of the winter season gave a white cover to the caspian coast city of Rasht in northern Iran on Saturday. Rasht is the capital of Gilan Province and the largest city on Iran's Caspian Sea coast - 2/2/14

Photos: Swans arrive from Siberia in Sorkhroud, northern Iran

- In the recent years, during winter about 5000 swans migrate from Siberia to the wetlands of the Caspian town of Sorkhroud in northern Iran. The swans return back to Siberia after the the cold season ends. The swans bring life and beauty to the wetlands and attract many visitors. Environmental activists are also busy trying to educate the public to be a good host to their guests! - 1/20/14

Saudi plane crash lands in Medina, Iranian pilgrims injured

- Twenty nine pilgrims were injured when a Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Boeing 767-300ER made an emergency landing at Medina airport in the west of the country early on Sunday, the General Authority of Civil Aviation said, Reuters reported. - 1/6/14

Iran among "Top 2014 destinations, picked by travel industry leaders"

- High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/e4f47a04-6972-11e3-89ce-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2pXzgJn3d Thirty-five years after it dropped off the tourist map, Iran may be set to return to the top of "must-visit" lists for 2014. Its attractions have never been in doubt - from ski resorts to beaches, stunning Islamic architecture, ancient archaeological sites and superb food -Financial Times - 1/5/14

Snow, cold temperature hit across much of Iran

- The Iran Meteorological Organization reported on Thursday January 2 that starting Friday, 24 provinces will be seeing temperatures below 0 degree C. Meanwhile, the Red Crescent and rescue operations report that in the past two days they have rescued more than 4,000 people in 14 provinces caught in snowy regions. - 1/4/14

Photos: First Snow Of The Season In Tehran

- The first snow of the winter season gave a white cover to Tehran on Wednesday and brought a much needed relief from the recent high levels of air pollution. Some residents took to the heights in northern Tehran to take advantage of the fresh powder and air. -Hemmat Khahi - 1/1/14

Iran wants American tourists, and a boomlet has begun

- The U.S. and Iran may have miles to go in their negotiations over curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions, but the ease in hostility has already produced a boomlet in American travel to Iran. Three U.S.-based tour operators say they've seen a surge of bookings and questions about Iran in recent months. -Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times - 1/1/14

Iranian tourism lingering under shadow of government control

- In view of efforts to improve diplomatic relations with the West, Iran's tourism industry is anticipating improvements after years of stagnation. However, the government's lack of support and certain shortages are challenging travel agencies, tour organizers and the hospitality sector. - 12/31/13

Book: A Guide to Survive in Tehran

- Bamdad Ghaffari, an Iranian man who returned home in 2012 years after living in Canada, has satirized the lifestyle in the capital in his book "A Guide to Survive in Tehran". The book, which has recently been published by the Bamdad-e No Company, contains twelve articles about the problems of living in the capital - 12/30/13

Pollution forces school closures, class cancellations in Tehran

- The Tehran Air Pollution Committee announced on Monday night that all elementary schools, kindergartens and daycares in Tehran and Shar-e Rey will be closed due to the extreme decline in air quality. - 12/25/13

US airlines keen to establish direct flight line to Iran

- Iranian Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister Ali Mohammad Nourian announced on Wednesday that some US airlines are willing to run direct flight line between the two countries. - 11/20/13

Iran reciprocates Azerbaijan border closure

- Iran has sealed off Jolfa and Bileh-Savar border crossings with the Republic of Azerbaijan in response to Baku's closure of a passage point along the border between the two neighbors, an Iranian diplomat says. - 11/8/13

Iran to relax visa requirements amid tourism boom

- Tour bus driver Rasoul Mousavi has been seeing less and less of his wife this month. Mousavi says a sharp increase in tourists has kept him so busy that for four nights in a row he did something his wife doesn't like very much -- he showed up late for dinner. -Reza Sayah, CNN - 11/7/13

Photos: The Nights of Paveh

- Paveh is a city in and the capital of Paveh County, Kermanshah Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 19,774, in 5,171 families. Paveh is located in the west of Iran and is 112 km far from Kermanshah and lies in a sub-region along the Iran-Iraq border commonly referred to as Hewraman - 10/31/13

Photos: Historic Stony House Complex in Eshtehard, Iran

- Stony house complex including man-carved chambers inside the rocky structures. Settlers made this complex in pre-Islamic period by hand to protect themselves from cold and natural disasters. Eshtehard is a town a few miles southwest of Karaj in Alborz province, 50 kilometers west of Tehran. - 10/30/13

A book by Meghan Nuttall Sayres: "Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran"

- New from Nortia Press, LOVE AND POMEGRANATES: ARTISTS AND WAYFARERS ON IRAN (2013) brings together voices of Americans, Iranian-Americans, Europeans and Iranians in a rare collection, seven years in the making, by ordinary people who have found friendships, mentors, and muses in Iran. - 10/28/13

Iran opens doors to tourists as Rouhani fosters thaw in relations with the west

- New atmosphere under reformist president sees visa rules eased with Chinese visitors a priority for sanctions-hit country. Mohammad-Ali Najafi, a vice-president and the head of the country's cultural heritage and tourism organisation, said Iran was overhauling its strict immigration rules to ease or abolish visa requirements for most foreign visitors. - 10/19/13

Iran To Consider Resuming Flights To U.S.

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has ordered aviation authorities to study the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the United States for the first time in more than three decades. - 9/30/13

Photos: Enjoying the last days of summer by the Caspian Sea shores

- These photos show people enjoying their last days of summer by the shores of Caspian Sea in Iran's Mazandaran province. The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea. - 9/23/13

Iran: Bus drivers' rep blames scrapped subsidies for fatal crash

- The head of the Association of Bus Drivers says a bus accident last week that claimed 44 lives was a direct result of the elimination of government subsidies. He says cash-strapped transportation companies have been forced to use low-quality bus parts. - 9/16/13

Photos: 44 Killed In Iranian Bus Collision

- Iranian state television says at least 44 people have died and dozens of others are injured after two intercity buses collided south of the capital, Tehran. The report says the crash occurred late on September 9 when one of the buses swerved into the opposite lane due to a flat tire, colliding head-on with the other bus. - 9/10/13

JEWELS OF PERSIA: Onboard the golden eagle danube express

- As rail tours go, Jewels of Persia is truly amazing. Travelling from the banks of the Danube to the shores of the Bosphorus and onto the ancient land of Persia, this unique journey takes in destinations that are rarely experienced by the Western visitor which makes it all the more special. - 9/9/13

Photos: Sepahsalar Mosque and school in Tehran

- The Sepahsalar Mosque or Motahari Mosque is the largest Mosque in Tehran. With its distinctive eight minarets is an important Qajar era landmark. The Mosque was built through the largess of Nasser od-din Shah`s Grand Vizier, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Commander-in-Chief (Sepah Salar) Mirza Hossein Khan. - 9/4/13

Photos: A Sunflower Farm in Hamedan, Iran

- These beautiful photos by Pouria Pakizeh are from a very warm and inviting sunflower farm in the province of Hamedan in western Iran. From the Americas, sunflower seeds were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. - 9/3/13

Tour Iran? Operators Hope So

- At the top of the agenda of Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is fixing the country's crumbling economy, and promoting international tourism is part of his solution. Mr. Rouhani wants the number of foreign visitors to more than double, to 10 million from 4 million, each year... -NY Times - 8/30/13

Photos: Tepe Zagheh Early Urban Settlement In Qazvin, Iran

- Tepe Zagheh is located c. 60km south of Qazvin city and 140km west of Tehran in Qazvin plain on the Central Plateau of Iran. The site covers 210m x 145m (c. 4ha), with nearly 6m of occupation deposits. The chronology of the site is debated. Malek Shahmirzadi (1977) has argued that the lower phase of Zagheh corresponds to the Archaic Plateau period (Pottery Neolithic), earlier than 6000 BC... - 8/21/13

Want to book a flight to Iran on Kayak? Sorry. But North Korea's nice this time of year.

- When Iranian Americans started reaching out to us a few weeks ago asking why websites like Kayak and Priceline were no longer allowing users to book flights to Iran, NIAC contacted the top executives of seven online travel agencies currently engaging in the practice to attempt to fix the problem. -Caroline Cohn, NIAC inSight - 8/12/13

Van accident kills 12 wedding guests in Dezfool, Iran

- Twelve people drowned after a van fell into a canal in the city of Dezfool in the southwestern province of Khuzestan. The Mehr News Agency reports that the van was returning from a wedding when it fell in the canal. Of 13 passengers, 12 drowned. - 8/11/13

New Iranian airline to start operation

- A new Iranian airline will start operation by the next two weeks, an official with the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization announced on Monday. Mohammad Khodakarami told ISNA that the airline owns three planes and will launch flights by the next two weeks. - 8/7/13

Online Travel Sites Block Flights to Iran as Sanctions Increase

- Washington, DC - A number of online travel agencies have discontinued booking flights to or from Iran, citing broad sanctions restrictions against the country. Searching for a flight to Iran on Orbitz's site, for example, retrieves the error message: "Flights to/from Iran aren't supported by Orbitz. Sorry! Please choose another location." -Caroline Cohn, NIAC - 8/2/13

How two Iranian brothers created one of the world's first travel documentaries

- In the 1950s, the Omidvar brothers travelled the Congo, the Arctic and the Andes on motorbikes and in a 2CV. The recently rediscovered film of their trip will be shown at next month's Adventure Travel Film Festival. -Guardian - 7/26/13

Photos: Kariz Aqueducts in Kish Island

- The aqueducts of Kish date back to 2500 years ago and provided the islanders' drinking water. Today, it has been transformed into an amazing underground city, with an area of 10 000 square meters. Experienced advocates took on the painstaking design work and have tried to keep its historic fabric while providing new uses during its renovation. - 7/22/13

Indonesia tightens visa rules for Iranians

- Indonesia has announced that it will no longer issue visas to Iranians at its airport. ISNA reports that Iran's ambassador to Jakarta announced the news today, June 21, adding that Iranians will now be required to obtain a visa to enter Indonesia from the Indonesian embassy in Iran prior to traveling to the country. - 7/21/13

UK drops no-travel advice on Iran

- The British government has dropped its no-travel recommendation on Iran, voicing willingness to improve ties with Tehran on a "step-by-step basis." The British Foreign Office on Wednesday modified its travel advice on Iran on its website, removing a recommendation that warned against travelling to Iran. - 7/17/13

Photos: A Sunflower Farm

- These beautiful photos by Mohammad Moheimany are from a very warm and welcoming sunflower farm in the South Khorasan province in northeastern Iran. The sunflower got its name from its huge, fiery blooms, whose shape and image is often used to depict the sun. - 7/15/13

Beware Unpeeled Fruit -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry Issues New Security Advice

- Iran's Intelligence Ministry has issued a long list of advice to Iranians on a wide range of topics, from cellphone use to cybersecurity, travel, praying, and how to deal with one's neighbors. "We live in a turbulent world," the Intelligence Ministry declares in the directive, which was published by Iranian news agencies. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/12/13
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