Accommodation in Iraq
The housing sector in major Iraqi cities has been severely affected by the devastation and damage caused by ongoing conflict since 2003. The UN and various NGOs have responded to this crisis by supporting new housing construction.
As a result of security concerns in Iraq, expats tend to be housed in secure compounds for the duration of their stay in Iraq. While expats moving to Iraq may have limited choice in terms of the type of accommodation available to them, most find their housing arrangements to be safe, comfortable and fully furnished.
Those relocating to Iraq will have their employer provide housing in a compound near to the expat’s place of work. The advantage of this arrangement is that the employer pays for the housing. It also takes the burden of finding a home away from the expat. Those who have lived elsewhere in the Middle East will understand that finding a suitable home in a new country is difficult due to language barriers.
The expat community in Iraq is small. Those moving to the country are advised to not bring spouses and children with them. This makes expat life in Iraq challenging. A major benefit of living in an expat compound is the proximity to other expats, which eases social interactions. There are also numerous facilities available to keep residents entertained such as swimming pools, gyms and cafes.