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Uzbekistan took the lead in 20 top travel destinations according to "Harper's Bazaar"
08 January 2020
Uzbekistan took the lead in 20 top travel destinations according to "Harper's Bazaar"

The American magazine Harper s Bazaar has published a list of 20 best destinations that must be seen in 2020, it is headed by Uzbekistan, the State Committee for Tourism said.

"There are only a few artificial structures on our planet, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House and the Pyramids, which cause us all to awe. They talk to us when we see them in photographs and we follow their call. The time has come to add another miracle to this pantheon of Registan monuments in Samarkand, three buildings with complex ornamental patterns and sparkling turquoise domes located in the central square" the article says.

Also, the article separately noted the reforms that contributed to significant changes in field of tourism.

"A new infrastructure was laid, boutique hotels began to appear, and restaurants began to serve customers who love Central Asian cuisine" the newspaper writes.

Harper's Bazaar encourages everyone to visit Uzbekistan with a special focus on Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and the Fergana Valley.

"The Fergana Valley, which not only boasts some of the best ceramic products in the world, but also offers stunning landscapes surrounded by high Tien Shan mountains" the site provides.

The magazine notes that countries on top 20 list should become hot tourist spots by the end of next decade. The second place on list is Botswana, and the third is Sydney (Australia). The list also includes such directions as Houston (USA), Brazil, Japan, New York (USA), France, Uruguay, Austria.

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Hotels and restaurants in Uzbekistan will introduce a rating of Muslim hospitality

Uzbekistan’s Tourism State Committee is holding talks with CrescentRating company about the inclusion of Uzbek hotels and restaurants into the rating of Muslim hospitality. This will allow to develop Ziyorat tourism (pilgrim tourism).

22 April 2019
Gold and silver bars purchase will be available at the vending machines nearby the tourist attractions

Now tourists will be able to purchase gold and silver bars at the vending machines located in the tourist areas during their travel to Uzbekistan. The machines will be installed nearby the tourist attractions and are supposed to start functioning as of July 1, 2020.

10 February 2020
Uzbekistan will purchase modern helicopters of Western Models

“We have plans on the procurement of a certain amount of brand new helicopters of western models for the development of tourism industry in Uzbekistan. It will enable us to provide such business-services as sightseeing and excursions to the tourist attractions located in mountainous areas” – as quoted by Elyor Ganiev, the Minister of Transport of Uzbekistan.

12 February 2020
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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