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Kurdistan’s economy is thriving and investors are slowly overcoming their fears

“In five years Kurdistan will achieve what the Emirates did in twenty. You will not be able to recognize it.” Looking down from the top floor of the 23-storey-hotel where he works, overlooking a landscape dotted with construction cranes and new housing complexes, Cem Saffari does not conceal his pride when asked why he moved from a comfortable life in London to pick a job in Kurdistan, the autonomous North-Eastern region of Iraq. “Pioneers always win,” he says.

A middle-aged Turk in a dark suit, Saffari is the business development manager…

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