Dohuk Governorate

Dohuk Governorate (Kurdish: پارێزگای دھۆک‎, Syriac: ܗܘܦܲܪܟܝܵܐ ܕܕܸܗܘܟ‎ , Arabic: محافظة دهوك‎ Muḥāfaẓat Dahūk) is a governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan. Its capital is the city of Dohuk. It includes Zakho, the city that meets Ibrahim Khalil border between Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. It borders the Al-Hasakah Governorate of Syria.Prior to 1976 it was part of Nineveh Governorate, which was called Mosul Governorate. Dohuk Governorate is mainly inhabited by Kurds and Assyrians, with a small number of Yazidis and Armenians. The estimated population in 2017 was 1,011,585.[3]

Dohuk Governorate

محافظة دهوك
پارێزگای دھۆک
ܗܘܦܲܪܟܝܵܐ ܕܕܸܗܘܟ

Dohuk Province
Collage of Dohuk Governorate
Location of the  Dohuk Governorate  (red) – in Iraq  (red, beige & light grey) – in the Kurdistan Region  (red & beige)
Location of the  Dohuk Governorate  (red)

– in Iraq  (red, beige & light grey)
– in the Kurdistan Region  (red & beige)

Dohuk Governorate within Kurdistan Region[1]
Dohuk Governorate within Kurdistan Region[1]
Coordinates: 37°3′N 43°9′E / 37.050°N 43.150°ECoordinates: 37°3′N 43°9′E / 37.050°N 43.150°E
Country Iraq
Region Kurdistan
 • GovernorFarhad Atrushi
 • Total10,955.91 km2 (4,230.10 sq mi)
 • Total1,011,585
HDI (2017)0.679[2]



Dihok governorate 2012
Districts of the Dohuk Governorate[6]

Dohuk Governorate is divided into seven districts, four of which are officially part of Kurdistan Region, while three others are under de facto control of the Kurdistan Regional Government:

Villages and towns

See also


  1. ^ "Map of area of Kurdistan Region & its Governorates". Kurdistan Region Statistics Office, Kurdistan Regional Government.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "The map of estimated population of Kurdistan Region 2017". Kurdistan Region Statistics Office, Kurdistan Regional Government. 2017.
  4. ^ "Human Rights Report 1 January – 31 March 2007" (PDF). UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) بعثة الأمم المتحدة. 1 لتقديم المساعدة للعراق. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  5. ^ "Assyrian Elected as Deputy Governor of Dohuk". Zinda Magazine. 11 (17). 6 April 2005. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  6. ^ "The map of Districts of Kurdistan Region". Kurdistan Region Statistics Office, Kurdistan Regional Government.
Amadiya District

Amadiya District (Sorani Kurdish: قەزای ئامێدی‎, translit. qezayê Amêdî, Arabic: قضاء العمادية‎, translit. qaḍāʾ al-Emadiyah ; Syriac: ܪܘܼܣܬܵܩܵܐ ܕܥܲܡܵܕܝܵܐ‎, translit. rûstāqā d-Emadiyah)) is a district in northern central Dohuk Governorate within the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. Administrative center is the city of Amadiya.

Aqrah District

Aqrah District (Arabic: قضاء عقرة‎, translit. qaḍāʾ ʿAqra; Sorani Kurdish: قەزای ئاکرێ‎, translit. qezayê Akrê) ; Syriac: ܪܘܼܣܬܵܩܵܐ ܕܥܩܪܵܐ‎ is a district in eastern Dohuk Governorate within the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. The administrative center is the city of Aqrah.


Bahdinan or Badinan (1376–1843) was one of the most powerful and enduring Muslim Kurdish principalities. It was founded by Baha-al-Din originally from Şemzînan area in Hakkari in sometime between 13th or 14th century CE. The capital of this emirate was Amadiya for a long time. The rulers of the Bahdinan emirate claim descent from the Abbasid Caliphate, an early dynasty in Islamic history.

It was centered in the town of Amadiya (or Amêdî) in the present-day Dahuk province in Iraqi Kurdistan. The principality also included Akra to the east and Zakho to the west. The principality reached its peak during the reign of Bahram Pasha the Great (re. 1726–1767).

Threatened by the expansionist and centralizing efforts of the Ottoman and Safavid empires, Bahdinan princes were drawn into prolonged confrontations with these two rival powers. The Bahdinan rulers, Esamil Pasha and Mohammad Said Pasha were deposed by the emir of the neighboring Soran principality in 1832. However, their rule was restored after the Ottomans defeated Soran in 1834. Although the Soran influence lasted only for a few years, the Bahdinan principality never fully recovered. Pursuing their centralization policy, the Ottomans overthrew the Bahdinan principality in 1843 (or 1838) and incorporated it in the Sandjak of Mosul.

The most famous ancient library in the region, in the Qubehan school at Amadiya, was destroyed by British troops putting down a revolt in the region in 1919, although some 400 manuscripts were rescued and eventually found their way into the Iraq Museum’s collection.


Barwar (Syriac: ܒܪܘܪ‎) also known as Barwari and Barwari Bala, is a region situated in northern Dohuk Governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan and Hakkari in southeastern Turkey (Upper Barwari). The region is mostly populated by Assyrians and a Kurdish minority.

Bassetki Statue

The Bassetki Statue is a monument from the Akkadian period (2350–2100 BCE) in Mesopotamia that was found in the 1960s near the village of Bassetki in Duhok Governorate, northern Iraq. The statue was cast from pure copper, weighs 150 kilograms (330 lb) and shows a seated, nude human figure on a round pedestal. Only the lower part of the figure is preserved. The pedestal contains an inscription in Akkadian indicating that the statue once stood in the doorway of a palace of the Akkadian ruler Naram-Sin. The statue was looted from the Iraq Museum during the 2003 invasion of Iraq but subsequently retrieved and returned to the museum.

Deralok Dam

The Rashava-Deralok Dam is a gravity dam currently being constructed on the Great Zab River just upstream of the town of Deralok in Dohuk Governorate, Kurdistan region of Iraq. For its primary purpose, the dam will support a 37.6 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric power station. Construction on the dam began in November 2015 when Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani inaugurated the project. The US$129 million contract to build the dam and power station was awarded to a Boland Payeh-Farab Consortium. It is being financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The project is expected to be complete in mid-2019.

Dohuk Dam

The Dohuk Dam is an earth-fill embankment dam on the Dohuk River just north of Dohuk in Dahuk Governorate, Iraq. The dam was completed in 1988 with the primary purpose of providing water for irrigation. It is 60 m (197 ft) tall and can withhold 52,000,000 m3 (42,157 acre⋅ft) of water. The dam has a bell-mouth spillway with a maximum discharge of 81 m3/s (2,860 cu ft/s).

Dohuk District

Dohuk District (Arabic: قضاء دهوك‎, translit. qaḍāʾ Dahūk; Sorani Kurdish: قەزای دهۆک‎, translit. qezayê Dihok) ; Syriac: ܪܘ݂ܣܬܵܩܵܐ ܕܗܘܿܟ‎ is a district in central Dohuk Governorate within the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. Administrative center is the city of Dohuk.

Fadhil Omer

Fadhil Omer is the current Provincial Council Chairman (PCC) of Iraq's Dahuk province in Iraqi Kurdistan.And Waar Newspaper chief-in Editor .

Gurgis Shlaymun

Gurgis Shlaymun is the former Deputy Governor of Iraq's Dahuk province in Iraqi Kurdistan. In April 2014, KRI held provincial elections and a new provincial council was elected and his term has finished. According to a news report in August 2006, Dahuk authorities, to include Deputy Governor Shlaymun’s office, failed to investigate reports of Kurdish sabotage of Assyrian farms. He is ethnically Assyrian.

Ibrahim Khalil border crossing

Ibrahim Khalil (Arabic: ابراهيم خليل) is a border crossing point between Turkey and Iraq. It is also called the Habur Border or Frontier Gate in English. Before the control point and gate there is a bridge crossing the Khabur river, which forms the natural border between Iraq and Turkey. The crossing is located to the south of the town of Silopi.

Although it is an entry point into Iraq, the crossing is controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government, which enforced its own customs and immigration policies, enforced at checkpoints manned by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters under the flag of Kurdistan—a red, white, and green tricolor with a golden sun. In September 2004 the 167th Corps Support Group, a New Hampshire Army Reserve unit, was deployed to Ibrahim Khalil to monitor the supplies being shipped from supply centers in northern Turkey to coalition forces in Iraq.On December 6, 2015 the border was crossed by ca. 3000 (number)|3,000 Turkish soldiers, heading to the Mosul countryside.


Khanke (also written Khanik or Khanek, Arabic: خانك‎, Kurmanji: Xankê) is a Yazidi town located in the Simele District of the Dohuk Governorate in northern Iraq. The town is located ca. 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Dohuk in the Iraqi Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.Khanke has mainly Yazidi population.

Nahla, Iraq

Nahla Valley (Arabic: سهل نهلا‎, Syriac: ܢܗܠܐ‎), is a geographic region located in the province of Dohuk in Aqrah District, Iraq. The Sapna valley lies to the northwest and is separated by a mountain range, and the city of Aqra is to the south, separated by another mountain range. It is bound by the Greater Zab River to the north and east, and the Khazir River to the west. The valley is mainly inhabited by Assyrians and Kurds, with an Arab minority present as well.

Nemrik 9

Nemrik 9 is an early Neolithic archeological site in the Dohuk Governorate in the north of modern-day Iraq.The site covers an area of approximately 1.8 hectares (18,000 m2) and was excavated between 1985 and 1987 by Stefan Karol Kozlowski and Karol Szymczak from Warsaw University as part of the Saddam Dam Salvage Project. It is located on a terrace of the Tigris near the Kurdish Mountains and sits at an altitude of 345 metres (1,132 ft) above sea level. Numerous rounded buildings were found along with evidence of communal courtyards. Buildings featured post holes and benches with walls that were made of mudbrick and plastered with clay. Several graves were found containing anything from skull fragments to full skeletons. Stone tools found at the site included pestles, mortars, quern-stones, grinders, axes and polishing stones. Some rare examples of worked stone were discovered including one piece made from marble. Some decorative adornments were also found, including beads, pendants, shell and bone ornaments. Some stone and clay art objects were recovered in the shapes of heads and animals, these included a series of sixteen bird heads.Faunal analysis was carried out by A. Lasota-Moskalewska and found relatively few remains from domestic sheep, goats, pigs and cattle. Other bones found included various antelope, jackal, deer, boar, badger, and horse. Some snail shells were found that were also considered to be a food source. There was also evidence of panther and Indian buffalo. Plant remains at the site were floated by Mark Nesbitt and indicated evidence for bitter vetch, pea and lentil, the domestication of which was not determined. The site was well situated between the two terrain types of grassy steppe and forest and is considered of key importance for research into village structures in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A stage.

Pelistank TV

Pelistank TV was a Kurdish language satellite television channel. It launched in 2012 as the first Kurdish children's channel.

It is based in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan, northern Iraq.

The channel shut down in 2018.

Sharya (Iraq)

Sharya (also written Shariya, Arabic: شاريا‎, Kurmanji: Şarya) is a Yazidi town located in the Simele District of the Dohuk Governorate in northern Iraq. The town is located ca. 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Dohuk in the Iraqi Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.Sharya has mainly Yazidi population.

Simele District

Simele District (Arabic: قضاء سميل‎, translit. qaḍāʾ Sumail; Sorani Kurdish: قەزای سێمێل‎, translit. qezayê Sêmêl) ; Syriac: ܪܘ݂ܣܬܵܩܵܐ ܕܣܹܝܡܹܝܠܹܐ‎ is a district in western Dohuk Governorate in northern Iraq. The administrative center is the city of Simele.

Zakho District

Zakho District (Arabic: قضاء زاخو‎, translit. qaḍāʾ Zāḫū; Sorani Kurdish: قەزای زاخۆ‎, translit. qezayê Zaxo) ; Syriac: ܪܘܼܣܬܵܩܵܐ ܕܙܵܟ̣ܘ̇‎; Zākhō) is a district in northwestern Dohuk Governorate within the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. Administrative center is the city of Zakho.

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