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What are the best airlines flying to Najaf?
- Middle East Airlines
- Royal Jordanian
- Turkish Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- British Airways
- Gulf Air
How long is the flight to Najaf from the UK?
- The trip from London Heathrow Airport to Najaf takes 9 to 10 hours to reach its destination. Depending on the airline you choose, the single stopover in the flight may be at Amman, Doha or Istanbul
- From Manchester, the aeroplane takes about ten to eleven hours to get to Najaf, making a brief stopover at Istanbul or Doha.
- Connecting flights to Najaf from Birmingham are 15 to 17 hours long. These flights have a layover also in the Middle East.
- Flights bound for Najaf from London Gatwick Airport are almost always routed through Doha and have a flight duration of 15 to 17 hours.
Are there any direct flights to Najaf from the UK?
No, as of right now there are no direct flights to Najaf from any airport in the United Kingdom. However, there is a preferred route that most passengers choose to take to this city in Iraq. Even though there are many Middle Eastern airlines landing their planes on Al Najaf International Airport, Turkish Airlines provides more options for the traveller going to Najaf from the UK. Having a stopover in Istanbul, the Turkish Airlines flight to Najaf lasts only for nine hours and thirty minutes.
Cheap Flights to Najaf with Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines are among the most affordable airlines that have scheduled flights to Najaf. Apart from the tourists and travellers who visit Najaf, many Shia pilgrims fly to the city for spiritual relief. Turkish Airlines tickets to Najaf do not float for long in the market and are often purchased quickly, especially around Muharram time (a month in the Islamic lunar calendar).
Around ten flights are leaving to Istanbul every day from just London Heathrow alone. From Manchester, there are three trips to the New Istanbul Airport, and Turkish Airlines operates nine flights from Birmingham every week. The next leg of the journey is from Istanbul to Najaf, and Turkish Airlines offers a trip to the holy city every day at 3:10 AM. The passengers arrive at Najaf at seven in the morning, taking a great sleep through the night. Prefer booking the flight (TK 1972) in the evening, at six, out London Heathrow for the shortest stopover.
What is the best time to visit Najaf?
The best time to visit Najaf is from October to April, in the cooler winter season. Najaf has a desert climate, and in the summers it can get very warm, so it is ideal to come to Najaf during the time mentioned above. In the months between Octobers to April, the temperature does not diverge from the 13°C to 25°C range. The brief rains in Najaf cool the weather further and motivate the tourist to go out and explore the history and spirituality of Najaf.
What is the cheapest time of year to fly to Najaf?
The cheapest time to visit Najaf is also the best time to visit the city, weather-wise. The summer might be too intense for the European traveller to enjoy a stay in Najaf; however, many Iraqi expats return to the town during the summer time. Avoid going to Najaf in summer to get a pleasant, less crowded and cheap trip. The cheapest month of the year is November to visit Najaf with low-cost tickets and reduced hotel room costs, so plan your trip accordingly.
What are the major international airports in Najaf?
Recently built, the Al Najaf International Airport (NJF) is the primary international airport serving Najaf city. Al Najaf International is only 13 kilometres from the city centre, which is a journey not lasting more than 20 minutes by car. In 2018, the airport handled around 50,000 passengers, mostly pilgrims to the third holiest mosque for Shia Muslims after Medina and Mecca.
What are the major landmarks in Najaf?
Najaf is very close to the ancient city of Babylon. There is evidence that there was once an old Christian dwelling in the area before Islam became the primary religion of the region. Najaf has a long history as a hub of spirituality and Islamic art, and the landmarks of the city depict precisely that.
- Imam Ali Mosque is the jewel in the centre of Najaf, around which the entire city has crystallized. The Imam Ali Mosque is said to be the final resting place of the favoured cousin of Prophet Muhammad. The Muslims also believe that the graves adjacent to Imam Ali are of Adam and Noah. Each year millions of pilgrims, from all over the world visit the shrine of Ali Ibn Abi Talib. The structure has a large dome that has been covered with 7777 gold bricks, and the rest of the building is also painted with gold and adorned with Turquoise mosaics. The gold plated minarets of Najaf welcome millions of pilgrims each year, mainly on the Ashura and the Chalom dates of the Islamic Lunar calendar.
- The Wadi-us-Salam is the cemetery near the Imam Ali Mosque. This graveyard is the largest in the world with more than 40 million graves in an area twelve times the size of Vatican City. Shia Muslims believe that on Judgment Day when all of humanity would be raised from the dead, they would be woken up to see Ali Ibn Abi Talib amongst them and thus would be forgiven of their sins. The graveyard is therefore always entertaining requests by relatives who would like to have their loved one interned in Wadi-us-Salam’s catacombs.
- Shilan Museum in Najaf makes the people of the city remember of a time when they fought against the Ottoman Rule and British troops in the Great Revolution of Iraq 1920. Even though the revolution ended without resulting in the independence of Iraq, the people of Najaf were successful in imposing their authority in their beloved city and the surrounding region. In the museum, you can find weapons used to fight the war, uniforms and maps of the old walled city of Najaf.
Which events and festivals are celebrated in Najaf?
Being a predominantly Muslim majority area and a centre of Shia Islam, all the festivals and events celebrated in Najaf revolve around religion. After the fasting in the month of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the Eid ul Fitr when sweets and drinks are offered to relatives and travellers alike. After three months or so, there is the Eid-ul-Adha festival. This day the Muslims sacrifice a lamb, and the meat is divided amongst the poor, so expect to see barbeques and bonfires all over the city. Only a month after that festival, there is the Ashura event in which Shia Muslims mourn the senseless killing of their spiritual leaders back in the seventh century. Muslims use a lunar calendar, which is why these dates are not fixed in the globally used solar calendars.
What are the transportation options available to tourists within Najaf?
Taxis are everywhere in Najaf. As the price of petrol is low in Iraq, you can go almost anywhere within four to ten pounds. The security situation is fluctuating in the country, so do consult the British Government’s advisories when travelling to the city. Najaf does not have any scheduled bus network or a rapid transit service as yet.
Which five-star hotels and accommodation are available for stay in Najaf?
There are few five-star hotels in Najaf. However, there are plenty of economical hotels and inns that house the pilgrims during their stay. Whichever suits your needs; choose from the list of hotels provided below.
- Al Nahrain Hotel
- Melian Hotel
- Hotel Alkhayam
- Madinat Al Noor Hotel
- The Baron