Sulaymaniyah is administered by Kurdistan authorities and is quickly becoming a tourist attraction for Iraqis and other Middle Easterners due to its relative prosperity, security and natural beauty. It is also known for its strong economic ties with Iran.
A new university called The University of Sulaymaniyah was established in 1991, teaching in Kurdish, Arabic, and English. In 2007, the American University of Iraq, teaching in English only, was inaugurated in Sulaymaniyah, with 50 students enrolled for the first year.
In the absence of any railway connecting Sulaymaniyah with other Iraqi cities, the city is dependent on road and air transport. The Sulaymaniyah International Airport is situated at the western part of the city.
Sulaymaniyah is the cultural centre of the Sorani-speaking Kurds and an important economic center for Kurdistan. The capital city receives thousands of tourists each year.
Sulaymaniyah was once a major agricultural produce of the Middle East and one of Iraq's major suppliers of wheat. A number of small factories have also been established, many of them producing building materials.