Dohuk (Duhok of Dassini) means Yazidi village.
Another theory is that the name comes from Taok (meaning grapevine in Kurdish) due to the fact that the region is very well known for vine trees. The Syriac name Bēṯ Nūhadrā translates to House/Land of the military leader. It refers to a small village nearby which is a district in the city due to the growth of the city during the last century. The name Nūhadrā continues to be used in reference to the city and is also a popular name among Assyrian women.
Dohuk, as in most parts of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, specializes in Kurdish foods using chicken, lamb, fish (where available,) local vegetables, rice, and bread. Everything will be fresh and often served in large portions. Black tea with a little sugar is the most popular drink. Many restaurants are located near the Bazaar in Dohuk's city center. For some non-Kurdish cuisine, there is a Lebanese restaurant in the Dilshad Palace Hotel.
National Museum - This museum just opened in 2014 as part of Dohuk's plan to engage more tourists. The museum houses regional artifacts showing the deep ancient history of the Dohuk area.
Dohuk Waterfalls - These man-made waterfalls are a favorite for tourists and residents. Ask a local to point you the way.
Rabban Hormizd Monastery - This ancient monastery of the Chaldeans is in the nearby mountains by the village of Alqush. The scenic drive getting there is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon.
Dream City - This amusement theme park is very popular with the locals and has rides for all ages. Food vendors are also present.
Dohuk Dam - On the north side of Dohuk, follow the Promenade to where the dam is built on the river forming a large lake. The scenery is beautiful for dramatic landscape photography.
Church of St. Ith Llaha - This pretty church has nicely landscaped grounds and an updated architectural style, though the original building is quite old.
There are a variety of mid-range and budget hotels in Dohuk, with a few higher-end options. Dohuk has recently attracted one of the international chains of hotels -- the Sheraton, by Starwood Hotels. A few hotels offer a buffet breakfast, but this is not common.
Dohuk is currently under construction for a new international airport, offering services to and from many world destinations. However, until that is open in 2015, the Zakho airport is the nearest. Another option is to drive in from Turkey, with the appropriate international travel documents, of course.
Once in the city of Dohuk, tourists can take city buses or shared taxi to visit various places. Private taxi is also possible, but only by special request and for an extra fee. The easiest place to pick up a taxi is near the Bazaar.