Erbil (Hewlêr) has a population of approximately 1.3 million. It is located 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Mosul, and is the capital of the Kurdistan Region.
Urban life at Erbil (Hewlêr) can be dated back to at least 6000 BC, and it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. At the heart of the city is the ancient Citadel of Arbil. In the early part of the 3rd Millennium BC, the Hurrians from Asia Minor were the first to establish Urbilum and expand their rule to parts of northern Mesopotamia.
Our aim is to attract and deliver value to businesses, students and visitors. We work in partnership with organisations across the region to achieve our goal – and recognising Erbil as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Your official Erbil city guide
Visit Erbil, one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in the world. Discover things to do, what’s on, sightseeing attractions, hotels, restaurants and more.