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 will typically be housed in secure compounds for the duration of their stay in Iraq.
Types of accommodation in Iraq
While there are apartments and houses available for rent in Iraq, due to the short stay of most expats as well as safety concerns in all major cities, it is highly recommended that expats stay in one of the many secure compounds. Expats moving to Iraq may therefore have limited choice in terms of the type of accommodation available to them, but most find their housing to be safe, comfortable and fully furnished.
The expat community in Iraq is small, and those moving to the country are advised to not bring spouses and children with them, which can make 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 plenty of facilities available to keep residents entertained such as swimming pools, gyms and cafes.
Finding and renting accommodation in Iraq
Majority of expats relocating to Iraq will have their employer provide housing in a compound near to the their place of work. The advantage of this arrangement is that the employer also pays for the housing. This takes the burden of finding a home away from the expat, as well as that of paying for it. Those who have lived elsewhere in the Middle East will understand that finding a suitable home in a new country can be difficult due to language barriers.