Mar 23, 2009

Baghdad becomes holiday haven

Tourists return to Iraq for the first time since the 2003 war and take in the treasures of Baghdad's cultural history.

The eight Western holidaymakers -five Britons, two Americans and a Canadian -- arrived in Iraq on March 8 and have toured many of Iraq's major historic sites, including the Biblical city of Babylon, fabled home to the Hanging Gardens.

Iraqi tourism officials hope their visit will herald a new era of antiquities tourism in a country known as the cradle of civilisation.

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