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Presentation of the “Visit Uzbekistan” special issue held in Bukhara
11 November 2020
Presentation of the “Visit Uzbekistan” special issue held in Bukhara

Presentation of the special issue of the “Visit Uzbekistan” magazine took place in Bukhara in the format of a two-day event with the participation of the Bukhara region Khokim, the State Cultural Heritage Department and partners.

By the initiative of the Dinara&Co. Publishing House visit to the ancient city and diving into unique art experiences became possible. Expats and representatives of international organizations also joined the two-day trip, which was specially organized by the Business Club “Visit Uzbekistan Partnership”. Since the establishment of the Visit Uzbekistan Partnership, there were held 8 presentations in total, including the ones in Singapore, London, Delhi and Tashkent. This current presentation gave a chance to Bukhara to organize the event.

The events held in Bukhara included the Exposure of a unique collection of ancient Suzani and local textile products by Akbar Khakimov, the opening of the Modern Art Exhibition as a part of the Art Residence Project by Bonum Factum Gallery and Swiss Cooperation, as well as the Miniature Exhibition in the art school of Davlat Toshev “Usto-Shogird”. Participants also had a chance to experience Bukhara Palov making masterclasses and visiting the Bukhara Cotton Textile cluster.

As of 2020, the magazine has started paying great attention to promoting inbound tourism by creating special issues about different regions of Uzbekistan. The 25th issue of the magazine was dedicated to the capital of Uzbekistan – modern Tashkent city. The current release included various creative personalities and the founders of creative businesses of Tashkent on its pages, further on inviting them to the presentation as well. The magazine will continue publishing special issues dedicated to various regions of Uzbekistan in the future.

In November, Visit Uzbekistan invited Megan Eaves – the British-American travel writer as the Chief Editor of the issue and as an Advisor for the International Development of the project. The current issue of “Visit Uzbekistan” dedicated to Bukhara has become the first release with her participation. Megan used to work as an editor in the Lonely Planet publishing house. She also produces programs for the popular channels of CNN and BBC and also writes for The Independent Culture Trip. During her 15 years of career life as a travel writer, Megan has participated in writing and publishing 60 books and has been awarded as a World Class Expert in the field of tourism and travels. Having graduated the Dublin City University, she has lived and traveled all over the world starting from China ending in Texas so far, and currently lives in London. 

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join Visit Uzbekistan at this critical time in the history of tourism and am excited to work with the Dinara & Co team,” said Megan. “Joining an international team during the pandemic was always going to be a challenge, but I’m finding my feet and grateful for the support and inspiration of my colleagues in Tashkent and the UK. Visit Uzbekistan has already achieved a lot, having published 26 issues in 14 languages in its first three years, and has developed a strong reputation. Uzbekistan is an absolutely amazing country – one of my favorite places in the world – and we plan to showcase its diversity and beauty to an international audience.”

Visit Uzbekistan also plans to launch the website, VisitUzbekistan.co, which is being created by a team of editors and developers in the UK. The team hopes the portal will become the leading English-language source of information and inspiration for Uzbekistan visitors.

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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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