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The development of the tourism industry in Uzbekistan highlighted by Polish Media: “Uzbekistan is a tourist pearl of Central Asia”
01 September 2023
The development of the tourism industry in Uzbekistan highlighted by Polish Media: “Uzbekistan is a tourist pearl of Central Asia”

An article dedicated to Uzbekistan titled “Uzbekistan is a tourist pearl of Central Asia” was published on the popular Internet portal in Poland “turystyka.wp.pl”.

The article notes that Uzbekistan is called one of the tourist pearls of Central Asia. In recent years, the country has been paying special attention to the modernization of the tourism industry, including the organization of services for foreign guests traveling to Uzbekistan in accordance with international standards. The new strategy "Uzbekistan-2030" plans to increase the number of foreign tourists to 15 million, and domestic - up to 25 million people.

“Uzbekistan is one of the key countries of the Silk Road. The rich architecture and ancient culture of Uzbekistan attract tourists from all over the world, but the country's authorities want more of them”, the article says. “According to the UN World Tourism Organization, Uzbekistan is currently one of the five countries with the most dynamically developing tourism industry.”

It is reported that more than five million foreign tourists visited Uzbekistan in 2022, and trends in 2023 show that this number will rise to seven million. In addition, more and more large groups of domestic travelers are registered, who are happy to visit various tourist cities across Uzbekistan.

“Uzbekistan authorities expect to increase the mentioned number of travelers in the future. This can be facilitated by an agreement on the launch of direct flights Warsaw-Tashkent-Warsaw, which was concluded by Uzbekistan Airways and the Polish airline LOT. Flights will be operated from February 23, 2024, three times a week,” the source said.

The authors report that the number of hotels in Uzbekistan has already grown to 2.4 thousand, and the number of rooms - up to 50 thousand. In the largest and most popular cities such as Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, luxury hotel complexes such as m.in. Marriott, Hampton by Hilton, and Hyatt Regency have opened in recent years. In addition, Tashkent and other major tourist centers of Uzbekistan are connected by modern high-speed trains like Afrosiab.

The article also highlights the progress in simplifying visa procedures in Uzbekistan by offering visa-free entry to Uzbekistan for more than 90 countries today. The list of countries exempted from a visa to Uzbekistan includes EU member states, whose citizens can stay in Uzbekistan without visas for up to 30 days.

Uzbekistan was also described as a country of open-air museums, which has 8.2 thousand cultural heritage sites, some of which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The diversity of religious beliefs and the pilgrimage heritage sites of Uzbekistan, which encompasses Islamic, Christian and Buddhist holy sites in the territory of Uzbekistan makes it possible for various confessions and religions to travel to Uzbekistan for pilgrimage purposes, as mentioned by the authors of the article.


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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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