Karen Hua wrote shortly after the opening in Forbes/Lifestyle on ‘Saddam Hussein’s Former Basra Palace is now an Art Museum’. She includes an Instagram post translated from Arabic.
‘The Basra Screen Instagram post translates to: We do not exaggerate when we say that it’s one of the happiest days in Basra in many years. Reopening the city’s largest museum represents an important step in conserving the heritage and culture of the tribes that lived on the land and passing this information on to new generations. What has been inaugurated today represents the first phase, and it will be followed by later stages including halls of advanced technologies. Basra Museum, starting from today, will receive visitors from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday every week. Thanks to Great Britain and Professor Qahtan, Basra’s antiquities chief (who helped launch the idea on the British side and contributed Bonizam marshes to the World Heritage List). And thanks to everyone who contributed to the completion of this edifice.”