Dohuk (Kurdish: دهۆک, Dihok; Syriac: ܢܘܗܕܪܐ Nūhadrā; Arabic: دهوك Dahūk) is the capital of Dohuk Governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan, it is a Kurdish city with a population of approximately 1 250 000 inhabitants, consisting mostly of Kurds and Assyrians. The city is encircled by mountains along the Tigris river. Dohuk has a growing tourist industry. Its population has increased rapidly since the 1990s, as the rural population moved to the cities. The University of Dohuk, founded in 1992, is a renowned center for teaching and research.
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