About Basra City
The city is located along the Shatt al-Arab waterway near the Arabic Gulf, and 545 kilometers from Baghdad, Iraq’s capital and largest city.
The Shatt-Al-Arab and Basra waterways define the eastern and western borders of Basra,respectively.
The city is penetrated by a complex network of canals and streams;vital for irrigation and other agricultural use.
These canals were once used to transport goods and people throughout the city.
A network of canals flowed through the city, giving it the nickname ” The Venice of the Middle East” at least at high tide.
The area surrounding Basra has substantial large petroleum resources and many oil wells.
The city also has an international airport, with service inside and outside Iraq.
It has the world’s 3rd largest oil reserves estimated to be more 115 billion barrels most of it from Basra.
80% of Basra’s oil bearing fields is unexplored.