Does your current profile name match the name in your passport?
First nameinput background
Middle nameinput background
Last name input background
Mobile numberinput background
Promo Code ( Optional )input background
Email addressinput background
I agree to the terms and conditions of the Privilege Club Programme. I also agree to receiving communications by email, post, SMS or social media about my membership account, offers and news from Qatar Airways and Privilege Club, Privilege Club partner offers and market research from time to time.
How can I change my cookie settings on www.qatarairways.com
You can turn Functional and Marketing cookies on or off right here. Strictly Necessary and Performance cookies cannot be turned off as the website requires these to function correctly.
These cookies help to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are usually placed by our advertising networks with our permission.
They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaigns. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisations.
The communication you may receive based on this can be informational, or commercial with messages being served in, but not limited to, search ads, display ads, banners, e-newsletters, emails, social media ads, and other electronic messaging, including on our website itself.
These cookies allow the website to recognise choices you make when you return to our Website and Mobile Apps such as your user name, country, language or currency or whether or not we have asked you to complete a survey.
For example, we use functionality cookies to:
(a) record your preferences when you indicate that you would like our Website and Mobile Apps to be displayed in a different language or that you would like to use a particular currency on our Website and Mobile Apps; and
(b) keep track of your Qatar Airways Privilege Club number when you have logged in.
Najaf with Qatar Airways, and explore a town steeped in history and culture. A visit to Najaf, an ancient Iraqi city located around 160km south of Baghdad, is like travelling back in time. It still retains much of the allure of its bygone era, thanks to a skyline resplendent with tiered buildings and centuries-old mosques.
One of the most famous attractions in Najaf is the Imam Ali Mosque, which was originally built in the 16th century. This majestic building, with its gilded dome and intricate mosaic, is a fine example of Islamic architecture.
On your visit, you will find that Najaf’s narrow streets are always bustling with activity. And with its rugged grandeur, you will feel as though you have been transported into the fantasy world of Sinbad the Sailor.
Your first stop when you travel to Najaf should be the Imam Ali Mosque, one of the holiest locations in Iraq and a beautiful example of intricate Islamic architecture.
The mosque was first built in 977, then rebuilt in 1086 after a fire, then rebuilt yet again in the early 16th century. Today’s building dates to just after 1500.
For an unforgettable experience, pay a visit to Wadi al-Salam (“Valley of Peace”) Cemetery. Wadi al-Salam is considered by many commentators to be the world’s largest graveyard, covering more than 1,400 acres and serving as the final resting place for millions.
Take a walk around the city’s streets to take in Najaf’s atmosphere. This is an ancient settlement and much of the old-world character remains in its buildings and layout. Head to the Najaf Seminary for a glimpse of a key Islamic teaching centre. And check out the city’s many museums and libraries that earned it the title of Capital of Arabic Intellect, in 2014.
When you are ready for a change of pace, head to Najaf City Mall, home to a cinema, cafés, restaurants and a bowling alley, as well as an adventure playground for children.
Iraqi cuisine takes cues from neighbouring Turkey and Iran. Meat is often cooked with fruit, for added flavour; vegetables are stuffed with a variety of ingredients; and lamb, rice and yogurt are all common. If you need a pick-me-up, sample the coffee, which is very strong and based on Turkish recipes.
Kebabs are very popular here. The most common varieties include lamb and beef, but chicken or fish are also available. Be sure to try qeema, a stew with minced meat, tomato and chickpeas, served with rice.
Najaf’s retail culture is expanding, and you can find souqs within the city limits, selling jewellery and other trinkets. The biggest of these is Al Souq Al Kabeer (the large market), near the Imam Ali Mosque. The bazaar’s merchants sell a great variety of goods, including gold, clothes, textiles, watches, accessories, perfumes and sweets. So you will have no trouble picking up a few souvenirs, as long as you are prepared to haggle.
But Najaf’s retail expansion also includes malls that offer eateries and entertainment alongside local and regional brands. One such shopping centre is Najaf City Mall, which includes a cinema, dining establishments, a bowling alley and a kid’s adventure playground.
Essential facts about Najaf
Enjoy a hassle-free journey with all the information you need to know before your trip