Book flights to Basra

Book flights to Basra and discover a vibrant city in the south-east corner of Iraq. As one of the oldest ports in the Middle East, this destination is bathed in a rich history and culture.

Whether you’re heading to Iraq to visit family or on business, planning your trip is easy with flydubai. Browse our range of fares, which includes seats in both Business and Economy Class, and find the perfect one for you. We’ve also streamlined our check-in service to help you save time at the airport. At more than 50 global locations, you can now check-in online and skip the queue in departures.

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Up in the air, we’ve pulled out all the stops to give you a memorable flight experience. Unwind in your ergonomically-designed chair and flick through the collection of movies and TV shows packed into your personal touchscreen. Games, music and Wi-Fi are also available, to help your journey to Iraq fly by.

From vegetarian breakfast dishes to delicious curries and pasta, there’s a wide range of delicious hot meals to choose from for your flight to Basra. Simply pre-order up to 24 hours before departure to secure your meal. A trolley filled with snacks and beverages will also make its way through the cabin during your flight if you’d prefer something a little lighter.

Enjoy all of the above and more when you select a seat in Business Class. Our premium cabin offers an exclusive way to travel to Iraq. Sink into your Italian leather seat and tuck into food and drinks brought to you by our dedicated team of cabin crew. Some of our aircraft even boast seats that recline back into flatbeds, perfect for a snooze before you land in Basra.

Things to do

Visit date palm forests

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Date farming is enjoying a revival in the Basra area after a turbulent few years. Palm trees here produce some of the sweetest dates in the world. Head out of the city and take a tour around the lush palm forests to try some of these delicious local fruits.

Go boat spotting

 
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The glittering Shatt al-Arab river snakes through the city, linking Basra to the Arabian Gulf. Traditional dhows and modern shipping vessels share the river space. Make your way down to the banks to watch them cruise along at a leisurely pace and catch the perfect image for Instagram.

Feast on local dishes

Due to its proximity to the coast, Basra’s restaurants and cafes focus on fruits of the sea. Eat like a local and try out Basra’s best dish - fish stuffed with Indian spices, grilled to perfection.

A guide to Basra

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Experience Basra, the ancient port that’s served as Iraq’s main trading point for centuries, now a booming oil destination. Despite its recent hardships, Basra is embracing a new era of prosperity, with the oil industry helping the city to thrive as it looks towards the future.

Trace Basra’s history

Begin your historical tour at Old Basra Mosque, one of the oldest of its kind in the Islamic world. First established in 635 AD, the mosque has been rebuilt twice in its lifetime after being ravaged by fire and damaged by extensive flooding. For a further dose of history, make your way to Basrah Museum. Ancient artefacts fill the exhibition space, depicting the city’s history, with coins, pottery and decorative tiles to see, each one telling a tale of the trying past linked to this part of Iraq.

Enjoy a day of shopping

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Soak up the bustling atmosphere of Basra’s traditional bazaars, where you’ll find stalls selling everything from local produce to handmade crafts. Shop for souvenirs among the vibrant market place and have a go at haggling for a bargain. Contrast this with a trip to Basra Times Square Mall. This futuristic building is a nod to the new era of the city, with four floors of shops and restaurants to enjoy.

Explore Sinbad Island

Dedicate an afternoon to visiting Sinbad Island, a lush oasis bustling with plenty of parkland, connected to the mainland by bridge. Take a stroll and wander through the litany of fountains and tall trees that occupy these substantial gardens, a gorgeous little corner of the city that simply has to be visited.

Useful information

Visa

Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa to enter Iraq. Contact your embassy before your flight to Basra.

Currency

While in the country you’ll use the Iraqi Dinar (IQD). Frequently used bank notes include: 50, 100, 250, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 25,000.

Language

Arabic and Kurdish are the two official languages of Iraq, though you’ll find that English is also spoken throughout some parts of the country

Weather

Basra enjoys a warm climate all year round, with temperatures reaching highs of 37°C from April to June and dipping to lows of 18°C between January and March.

Getting around

Taxis and buses are available in Basra to help you make your way around. Taxis are your best bet when in the city as they’re cheap and public transport can get crowded.

Airport information

Basra International Airport (BSR) is where you’ll fly in and out of when visiting this port city in south-east Iraq.

Adults 12+ years
Children 12 - 2 years
Infants 7 days - 2 years

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