When thinking of Iraq, people don't usually think of colourful flowers. Although the rich Iraqi history dates back to the Uruk period (4000 BC - 3100 BC) many will mostly identify the country by its unfortunate involvement in war and destruction. But that image may be on the verge of a change. Floral designer Dennis Kneepkens just opened the country's first luxury boutique sporting European flowers and lifestyle brands in the city Suleimaniya.
Dennis Kneepkens Iraqi adventure began when spotting a vacancy advertising about opportunities in the Middle East. Always trying to take the extra mile, it turned out to be flower exporter De Gooijer International (DGI) who was looking for a capable fresh enthousiast for a client of theirs. Never having expected 'the Middle East' turning out to be 'Iraq' Dennis had a quick moment of doubt before agreeing this may as well be a once in a lifetime opportunity. And soon the young designer hopped on a plane for a visit.
Now, six months later, Dennis is proud to present Worlds of Wonders, a European level high-end flower and lifestyle shop. Naturally the store only sells the best quality of flowers supplied by DGI and lifestyle products from brands as Ecri Living. It supplies visitors with an experience. A welcome change after the countries troubles lie now in the past. Many of its clients are middle aged Kurds who lived in Europe and now have returned to rebuild their homeland.