Small examples of the return to normalcy include the re-opening of multiple "Baghdady" institutions including the renowned 5-star Al-Rasheed Hotel, an establishment which was badly damaged during the war. The Swiss-based Kempinski have renovated the entire hotel at a cost of $65 million dollars making it once again a world-class establishment.
Other hotels which have received full-blown renovations include the Ishtar Hotel, Al-Mansour, Babylon Hotel and Palestine Hotel, a sign that Baghdad and its people are ready to let go of the past and move into a new era.
|The infamous Al-Rasheed Hotel has been revamped, becoming Baghdad's most luxurious establishment|
Many buildings which were battered over the years have also been beautified to reflect Baghdad's new state of mind. One of these buildings is the Baghdad Tower, formerly the Saddam Tower and communication centre. Gleaming glass and steel facades shimmer in the harsh sun as a testament to what the city will become.
|The newly renovated Baghdad Tower and Communication Centrestands||as a testament of what can be achieved|
If a ferris wheel ride isn't what you fancy, what about a screening at the only 4D in Baghdad? Small cinemas are also beginning to open after a sharp decline. The first cinema in the post-Saddam era was inaugurated recently highlighting Baghdad's desire to return to normalcy and bring back the fun to Iraqi families. The boutique cinema located in the lavish Iraqi Hunting Club screens new movies in a city where censorship dominated the screens.