Karrada

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Karrada (Arabic: كرّادة‎) is a upper middle class district of the city of Baghdad, Iraq. It has a mixed population with a Shia majority and a significant Christian minority. It is considered to be one of the most diverse areas of the city, and is one of the two major districts of the christian community in Baghdad, along with Dora. It has a slew of churches with congregations of Chaldeans, Melkite Greeks, and Armenian Catholics. It has two sub-districts, being Nazaith and Masbah. Karrada is on the northern part of the peninsula, which was created by a turn in the Tigris river, and due to that the district ended up boasting lots of waterfront property, which in turn helped the area become the way it is today.

The district of Karrada has, however, suffered from multiple terrorist attacks over the years,[1][2] largely due to its large christian population and wealth. The area is relatively free in regard to sectarianism otherwise, with its actual residents coexisting quite well. The airline Al-Naser Airlines has its head office in Karrada, in an area next to Al Jadirya Private Hospital.[3]

Other Districts on the Peninsula[edit]

Karrada is not the only district on the peninsula, and it shares the peninsula with Al-Jadriya. It is a small district which lies at the southern tip of the peninsula, where the Tigris river makes its major turn and heads to the north-east. Its significance comes from its quality of life, and its real estate is, along with Karrada, some of the most expensive Baghdad.[4] The design and building of the University of Baghdad Campus in 1958 also added to its value since the University has become one of the most important locations in the city, and its campus takes up the entire right half of the district. The University of Baghdad campus was designed by Walter Gropius, AIA, Louis Mcmillen and Robert McMillan of The Architects Collaborative.[5] there is one subdistrict of the city, being Babil, likely named for the Babylon hotel that has its location in the district.

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Coordinates: 33°18′N 44°26′E / 33.300°N 44.433°E / 33.300; 44.433