Sound like a nice place to visit, maybe in a few years. Hopfully the Anabar province will get to this point in time as well. The comments on the post above are also interesting. One thing seems evident – Kurdistan will have a major influence on the region. Funny though, you never hear about areas like this on the news.
Arbil (also written Erbil or Irbil; BGN: Arbīl; Arabic: اربيل, Arbīl; Kurdish: ههولێر, Hewlêr; Syriac: ܐܪܒܝܠ, Arbela, Turkish: Erbil) is believed by many to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world and is one of the larger cities in Iraq. The city lies eighty kilometres (fifty miles) east of Mosul. In 2005, its estimated population was 990,000 inhabitants.
There’s another good article on Arbil by the same author over on Reason.