Balin Zrar is the most experienced tour guide in the region with over 10 years working with Explore Mesopotamia and serves as Project Manager for the Other Iraq Tours LLC. He is both a Kurdish and British citizen possessing a unique ability to blend local flavor with International standards. After his studies, he went to London where he opened an Italian restaurant in Soho (1997-2005).
He has traveled extensively in Europe, China and the Middle East. Several years ago Balin returned to his homeland of Kurdistan to take an active role in building what he believes will become one of Kurdistan’s largest economic sectors, tourism.
Testimony: "I wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for the opportunity to visit Kurdistan. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, and it was all the more memorable by getting to share our experience with Balin. He is a good cultural ambassador for his country. From the outset of our trip, he was always accommodating. He was able to arrange a visit to a refugee camp and a dinner the evening before with one of the camp physicians. We learned a great deal about Kurdistan and Iraq’s history, politics and culture through Balin. He has an easy manner and sense of humor that made the time together enjoyable and educational. I would wholeheartedly recommend travel to Kurdistan through your company. And, again, a special and sincere thanks to Balin who, by the end of the trip, we felt was more a good friend than a guide. Balin: Come visit us in Texas. You and your family are always welcome to stay with us if you get this direction." David R. Stephens, 2018