An American tour leader: I really feel safe in Iran

An American tour leader said “Since I’ve been in Iran I’ve been asked several times about my concern for safety. I really feel safe in Iran.”


Lynne King, whose last trip to Iran took place 9 years ago maintained: “Tehran’s new airport is a great improvement over the last time I was here-but unfortunately it took more than 2 hours for my husband and me to go through the passport control process.”


In an interview with ISNA, King who runs King’s Travel Service with her husband in America, also said: “My husband and I have brought several groups to Iran over the last nine years and we’re glad to see other international tour operators at the International Tour Operators Convention.


In regard to King’s Travel Service she explained: “We are experts in bringing tours to the Middle East and every year our company brings tourists to Iran, Emirates, Oman, Jordan and other countries.”


King who had travelled to Kish Island said: ” We don’t consider Kish Island as a primary destination for international travellers…although it seems to be a wonderful destination for Iranian families. We think international travellers will be more interested in destinations like Isfahan and Persepolis. In my last trip to Iran 9 years ago, I visited Persepolis and was dumbfounded. I live in a young country and it is absolutely fascinating to see so many ancient and historical places in Iran.”


Note: Original article published in Persian by ISNA.
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Photos: 2,500 years old underground city in Kish Island


The island of Kish is a resort island located off the coast of Iran. Although it is well known as a tourist destination, it is also steeped in history. One of the most magnificent features of this island is its massive subterranean city covering an area of 10,000 square metres, constructed from its ancient underground aqueduct (or ‘kariz’).

The kariz of Kish is said to have been built about 2500 years ago by the inhabitants of Harireh city. This structure was built to collect, purify, and store water for the inhabitants of the island. As the island is situated in a region with an arid climate, this was essential for their survival.

The kariz of Kish was abandoned a long time ago, and was forgotten by the inhabitants of the island. In addition, modern technology has made the water filtration process much more efficient, which means that the ancient system would have been obsolete anyway. In 1999, the island embarked on a project to build an underground shopping complex.



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Tehran-IKA Expects Metro Connection by March 2017

Tehran’s international Imam Khomeini Airport is preparing a connection to Tehran’s metro system.



According to the Ministry of Road and Urban Development, it is said that Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport’s very first metro station is set to open before the end of the Iranian calendar year, March 2017 if the project goes as planned with construction and financing. A second station is also planned to open, most likely in connection to the airport city’s new Salam Terminal, which is planned to be accessible by mid-2017. Salam Terminal is situated on the opposite side of the current terminal, requiring new transportation facilities.

Tehran’s metro line 1 starts from the city and continues to the outskirts. The current project involves a further expansion to the international airport and the town of Parand. The new part of the line includes the route Shahr Aftab – Vavan – Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport Station 1 – Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport Station 2 – Parand. The newly added part will consist of an around 50 kilometres long track.

Tehran Mehrabad Airport, the city’s domestic airport, is also connected to Tehran’s metro network. In February 2016, Mashhad International Airport was connected to the metro system. Other cities such as Shiraz and Tabriz are currently working on extending their metro networks to the respective airports.

The metro system in Tehran carried over 4 million a day in 2010 and is expected to have a length of 430 kilometres once all construction is complete by the year 2020. A ticket costs about €0.3 regardless of the distance travelled.
Photo: Tasnim News Agency

Iran is top destination for French tourists, Vice president says


Calling Iran as one of the top destinations for French travelers, Vice President for Tourism, Masoud Soltanifar, has urged French companies to invest in the tourism sector in Iran.

Speaking at a meeting with visiting French trade delegation on Monday, Soltanifar said that Iran would like to use the experiences of French companies in tourism industry.

A delegation of ‪‎France’s main business lobby group, ‪‎Medef, comprising about 130 firms, including top companies such as ‪Total and ‪‎Peugeot, arrived in Tehran Monday with the aim of encouraging future trade deals.

Soltanifar welcomed French investors in the field of hotel construction and hotel management and added that France’s participation in building two hotels in Iran is beginning of cooperation between Tehran and Paris in tourism industry.

The French leading hotel operator AccorHotels last week announced that it has signed a management agreement with an Iranian firm to open two hotels near Tehran’s international airport.


Novotel hotel, near Tehran’s international airport, is scheduled to open on 15 October 

Under the contract, the Iranian firm Aria Ziggurat Tourism Development Company will use the Novotel and Ibis brands, both owned by French hotel giant AccorHotels, for 15 years starting next month.

Soltanifar added: “Iran is one of the top destinations for French tourists. But they [French tourist] were deprived of visiting this land of grandeur and beauty mainly due to unjust and illegal sanctions over the last years.”

Iran’s vice president said that that the number of tourists visiting Iran over the last two years has increased to more than 5 million.


Hotel Shah Abbasi, Isfahan

“We want to use all internal and external potential in tourism industry to build five-star hotels and to develop transportation system.” He added.

France Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll, in turn, put an emphasis on several thousand years of civilization of Iran and said that Iran has numerous historical sites and rich handicrafts.

Considering plenty of similarities between the two countries, he added, tourism will be expanded between Iran and France.

Le Foll mentioned that Iran needs training for restaurant and hotel management, which France can transfer its experiences in this field



Meet the top 10 hotels in Iran

Meet the top 10 hotels in Iran

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Since the lifting of international sanctions under last year’s nuclear deal, Iranian government has made tourism a top priority for rebuilding Iran’s struggling economy.

Visitor numbers to Iran have already boomed in recent years thanks to a partial thaw in the country’s relations with the world, rising from 2.2 million annually in 2009 to 5.2 million in 2015.

Under the 20-year Outlook Plan, Iran is expected to host 20 million foreign tourists in 2025 in order to generate $30 billion a year. That means the country should build 20 four- or five-star hotels each year over the course of the next decade.

Iran has currently 1,125‭ ‬hotels and guest houses‭, ‬of which only 130‭ ‬are four‭- ‬and five-star establishments‭. ‬The goal is to increase the number of quality hotels to 400‭ within 10‭ ‬years.

Earlier, an Iranian top tourism official said the country is constructing 125 luxury hotels , stressing that the figure is a record in the Iranian hospitality industry.

According to a forecast by Euromonitor International, Iran will probably have almost 900 hotels within five years, compared with 768 now . Lodging revenue is set to increase about 25 percent during that time, the firm predicts, as the number of visitors is forecast to grow by a similar percentage to 6.3 million.‬

In this article we’ll list out the top 10 best hotels in Iran, selected by Iranian website Eghtesad online; they appear in no particular order and we promise if you are ever lucky enough to tour Iran you will not just like, but love at least one of these places.

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1-Parsian Azadi Hotel, Tehran


2- Abbassi Hotel, Isfahan


3- Darvishi Royal Hotel, Mashhad


4- Shiraz Hotel , Shiraz 


5-Parsian Khazar Hotel, Chaloos


6-Espinas Palace Hotel, Tehran


7- laleh kandovan international rocky hotel, Tabriz


8-Pars Hotel, Tabriz


9-Ghasr Talaee International Hotel, Mashhad


10-Ramsar Parsian Hotel, Ramsar


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Brief Look at Top Luxury Hotels in Iran (1)

Brief Look at Top Luxury Hotels in Iran (2)

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Iran tourism for women: Safe or not safe?


With sanctions on Iran being relaxed and airlines including British Airways reintroducing direct flights to Tehran, Iran is once again attracting foreign businesses and travellers. Having just returned from a one-month self-drive tour of the country, I can assure you the destination has much to offer.

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Vodafone to collaborate with Iran’s HiWeb


Vodafone said it would partner with Iranian internet company HiWeb to help it modernise its mobile network and IT infrastructure, making the British mobile phone group the latest Western company to operate in Iran after sanctions were lifted.

Vodafone, the world’s second-largest mobile firm that operates across Europe, Africa, Australia and Egypt, said by providing assistance to HiWeb as part of a non-equity partner deal, its own multinational corporate customers would benefit from improved fixed-line and mobile services in the country.

“Vodafone’s corporate customers will get the benefit of quality network services in the country and HiWEB will be able to access Vodafone’s global expertise,” Vodafone Partner Markets Chief Executive Diego Massidda said in a statement on Tuesday.

Many European companies have sought exposure to Iran after US sanctions over its nuclear programme were lifted in January.


Tabiat pedestrian bridge wins world’s most prestigious award for architecture


Tabiat pedestrian bridge in Tehran was named among the six winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, AP reported.

The winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced on Monday in a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The five other winners of the architecture award included a children’s center in China, a park in Denmark,  two projects from Bangladesh and an Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in Lebanon.

The architects of each project will receive a share of a $1 million (£700,000) fund, which makes the Aga Khan Award for Architecture one of the world’s most lucrative architecture prizes.

The awards are given out every three years, and recognize projects in locations that have substantial Muslim populations. The six 2016 winners were selected from 19 shortlisted projectsannounced in May of this year.

The $1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture was set up by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to acknowledge and encourage projects that address the needs of Muslims the world over.

Winners will receive their awards at a ceremony next month in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.


Tabiat pedestrian bridge, Tehran designed by diba tensile architecture Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi

The Hypnotizing Beauty Of Iranian Mosque Ceilings

The Hypnotizing Beauty Of Iranian Mosque Ceilings

Middle Eastern architecture is renowned for its kaleidoscopic beauty. If you haven’t had a chance, yet, to witness it for yourself, Instagram photographer m1rasoulifard can take you on a mesmerizing visual journey. He captures the best of Iran’s architectural details in his hypnotizing photos.

From the Jāmeh Mosque, one of the oldest still standing in Iran, to Chahār Bāgh school, the photographer aims to show the history of Iranian architecture and design.

For more Iranian mosque interiors, you can also have a look at this post. Because they are historic structures, many of these mosques also impose heavy restrictions on photography, so these photos are a real treat!

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Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran

Sheikh Lotfollah mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 400 years old

Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran

Jameh’s mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 900 years old

Chahar-Bagh’s school in Esfahan, Iran

SHeikh-Lotfollah’s mosque in Esfahan,Iran

Palace of Shah Abbas Safavi, Iran, 400 years ago

Shahe-Cheragh’s mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Hafez’s tomb in Shiraz, Fars, Iran

Sheikh-Lotfolah’s mosque in Esfahan, Iran

Chehel-soton’s palace in Esfahan, Iran

Shahe-Cheragh’s mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Jameh’s mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 900 years old

Sheikh Lotfollah mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 400 years old

Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran

Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran

Shah mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 400 years old

Jameh’s mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 900 years old

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