Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the government in Baghdad is under pressure to do more to raise living standards for its population.
Many Iraqis complain that after a decade of rebuilding, they still lack basic public services such as satisfactory electricity and water supplies.
But others say Iraq's long road to recovery has produced signs of an economic renaissance, reflected in new shopping malls and luxury car showrooms.
There's little outward sign of discontent among visitors to Baghdad's main fairground.
It's busy here most of the week but particularly so on Friday, a rest day across the Arab world.
This is where young couples court, and where families take their children for a treat.
For Baidar Ta'ar, it's a chance to put her worries to one side and share the fun of a fairground carousel with her five year old son Hassan.
Her husband Hisham takes their younger son four year old Hussein for a ride as well.
The family isn't wealthy - he's a baker, she's still a student - but Baidar is broadly satisfied with the government's performance so far.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر