Sami Abdulrahman Park

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Sami Abdulrahman Park

Sami Abdulrahman Park is a park in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.


The site was formerly the location of Saddam Hussein's 5th Corps Army military base.[1] Construction of the park began in 2006,[2] and it was completed the same year.[3]

It is named after Sami Abdulrahman, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government who was killed in a suicide bombing on 1 February 2004, aged 71.[citation needed]


The park is 200 hectares (2.0 km2) in size and contains two lakes, a rose garden and the Martyrs Monument as well as a restaurant and market. It includes a monument with the inscription, "Freedom is not free."[4]

The finish line of the annual Erbil Marathon is in the park.[5]


  1. ^ "Martyr Sami Abdul-Rahman Park". Lonely Planet. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Monk, Daniel Bertrand; Mundy, Jacob, eds. (2014). The Post-Conflict Environment: Investigation and Critique. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press. p. 90. ISBN 9780472072231. OCLC 951903033. 
  3. ^ Ham, Anthony (2012). Middle East. New York: Lonely Planet. p. 235. ISBN 9781741796704. OCLC 812569059. 
  4. ^ Dabrowska, Karen; Hann, Geoff; Townsend-Greaves, Tina (2015). Iraq: The ancient sites and Iraqi Kurdistan. Chalfont St Peter, U.K.: Bradt Travel Guides. p. 390. ISBN 9781841624884. OCLC 933518753. 
  5. ^ Hurley, Caitlin (December 16, 2012). "Running a marathon in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 26, 2017.