Since its founding in AD 762, Baghdad has played an important role in the economic, social and cultural development of the entire Middle Eastern region. This remains true even in these challenging times, with the city still acting as one of the driving forces of Arabic culture and development.
Even though large areas of the city have been damaged over the past few years, all the positive things that made Baghdad the city it is today, still remain. The local food, with its Mesopotamian origins dating back thousands of years, still manages to impress the palate with the local kebabs and lamb stews being definite winners. The culture is still as hospitable as ever, and the heritage of this great city still amazes.