Theme Week Kazakhstan – Almaty

24 November 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Nurly Tau business center in Almaty from the City Hall Park © flickr.com - Alexandru Panoiu/cc-by-2.0

Nurly Tau business center in Almaty from the City Hall Park © flickr.com – Alexandru Panoiu/cc-by-2.0

Almaty (“City of Apples/Apple Trees”), formerly known as Alma-Ata and Verny, is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with a population of 1.8 million people, about 8% of the country’s total population. It served as capital of the Kazakh state in its various forms from 1929 to 1997, under the influence of the then Soviet Union and its appointees. Alma-Ata was the host city for a 1978 international conference on Primary Health Care where the Alma Ata Declaration was adopted, marking a paradigm shift in global public health. In 1997, the government relocated the capital to Astana in the north of the country, which is about 12 hours away by train.   read more…

Theme Week Kazakhstan – Baikonur

23 November 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum © flickr.com - Ninara/cc-by-2.0

Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum © flickr.com – Ninara/cc-by-2.0

Baikonur, formerly known as Leninsk (see Tyuratam), is a city of republic significance on the Northern bank of the Syr Darya river, rented and administered by the Russian Federation. It was constructed to service the Baikonur Cosmodrome and was officially renamed Baikonur by Russian president Boris Yeltsin on December 20, 1995. During the Soviet period, it was sometimes referred to as Zvezdograd (Star City). The rented area is an ellipse measuring 90 kilometres (56 mi) east to west by 85 km (53 mi) north to south, with the cosmodrome situated at the area’s centre.   read more…

Theme Week Kazakhstan – Atyrau

22 November 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Ural River in Atyrau © Ds02006

Ural River in Atyrau © Ds02006

Atyrau, known as Guryev until 1991, is the capital of Atyrau Region. It is located at the mouth of the Ural River on the Caspian Sea, 2,700 kilometres (1,700 miles) west of Almaty and 351 kilometres (218 miles) east of the Russian city of Astrakhan. Modern Atyrau is famous for its oil and fish industries. It has 154,100 inhabitants (2007), up from 142,500 (1999 census), 90% ethnic Kazakhs (up from 80%), the rest being mostly Russians and other ethnic groups such as Tatars and Ukrainians.   read more…

Theme Week Kazakhstan – Oskemen

21 November 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Theatre © Iskanderov Damir/cc-by-3.0

Theatre © Iskanderov Damir/cc-by-3.0

Ust-Kamenogorsk or Oskemen is the administrative center of East Kazakhstan Region with a population of 310,000. It is served by Ust-Kamenogorsk Airport. The city has two official names. In the Russian language, its name is Усть-Каменогорск; in the Kazakh language, its accepted name is Өскемен/Óskemen. Both names appear on the seal of the city. The city has three cinemas (although during the Soviet era, there were a lot more), three museums, a drama theater with Russian and Kazakh (since 2000) troupes, the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.   read more…

Theme Week Kazakhstan – Aktau

20 November 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Aktau Lighthouse at the Caspian Sea © AnastassiyaL/cc-by-sa-3.0

Aktau Lighthouse at the Caspian Sea © AnastassiyaL/cc-by-sa-3.0

Aktau is located on the east bank of the Caspian Sea. Its current name means “white mountain” in Kazakh, which may be due to its cliffs that overlook the Caspian. From 1964 to 1991 city was known as Shevchenko. Its former name was given due to the eponymous Ukrainian poet’s period of exile in the area. It is located on the Mangyshlak Peninsula and is the capital of Mangystau Region. Aktau is known for its unique block address system. Almost no streets in Aktau have names; instead, addresses generally consist of three numbers: the district number (also known as micro-region/micro-district/block), the building number, and the apartment number. This is because Aktau was originally planned as a camp for the workers of the oil industry.   read more…

Theme Week Kazakhstan

19 November 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Ak Oda Presidential Palace in Astana © panoramio.com - Nikolay Olkhovoy/cc-by-3.0

Ak Oda Presidential Palace in Astana © panoramio.com – Nikolay Olkhovoy/cc-by-3.0

Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is the world’s largest landlocked country, and the ninth largest in the world, with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi). Kazakhstan is the dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region’s GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. It also has vast mineral resources (List of cities in Kazakhstan, Economy of Kazakhstan, Tourism in Kazakhstan and Kazakh cuisine).   read more…

Eurasian Economic Community

12 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Participants of the meeting of the EurAsEC Interstate Council © www.kremlin.ru

Participants of the meeting of the EurAsEC Interstate Council © www.kremlin.ru

The Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC or EurAsEC) originated from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia on 29 March 1996. The Treaty on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Community was signed on 10 October 2000. On 7 October 2005 it was decided between the member states that Uzbekistan would join. Freedom of movement without visa requirements has been implemented among the members. A Common Economic Space for the community was launched on 1 January 2010.   read more…

Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center in Astana

13 September 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© building.co.uk

© building.co.uk

Khan Shatyr (“Royal Marquee”) is a giant transparent tent in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. The architectural project was unveiled by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on December 9, 2006.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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