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Iraq seeking bids for new airport

Iraq's civil aviation authority has invited UAE contractors to bid for the construction of a $2.5bn airport in the country, The National has reported. The airport will be "strategically located within a 40 kilometre vicinity of the provinces of Karbala, Najaf and Hilla. We chose this location because we are seeing a surge in tourists coming here … and that's putting a lot of pressure on the airports of Baghdad and Najaf," said the director-general of authority, Nasser Hussein. The new airport is expected to manage 20 million passengers a year, making it the country's biggest and serving as a hub for the country's expanding national fleet.