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The tourists' number visiting Uzbekistan during the first half of the 2023 year has reached over 3.1 million people
05 October 2023
The tourists' number visiting Uzbekistan during the first half of the 2023 year has reached over 3.1 million people

In the first half of the current year, more than 3.1 million foreign tourists have visited Uzbekistan as per the statistics provided by the Statistics Agency of Uzbekistan.

The electronic newspaper “Alharir.info” of Saudi Arabia also published an article dedicated to Uzbekistan’s tourism under the title “Uzbekistan was visited by 3.1 million foreign tourists in January – June 2023”.

According to the Statistics Agency of Uzbekistan, more than 3.1 million foreign tourists visited Uzbekistan from January through June of the current year.

It is emphasized that the number of foreign tourists traveling to Uzbekistan in the first half of 2023 has increased by almost 1.9 million people compared to the same period in 2022.

It is reported that citizens of Central Asian neighboring countries, such as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan visited Uzbekistan most of all. Travelers from Russia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, India, South Korea, China and Germany are amongst the next category who have taken a trip to Uzbekistan during January – June 2023.

The growing figures in the number of foreigners visiting Uzbekistan talk about the positive results of the international cooperation between Uzbekistan and the world in the fields of tourism, business, economy, diplomacy and media, as well as other spheres.

The measures to make our country more attractive and well-recognized among foreign audiences by promoting its tourism and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, strengthening cooperation in various fields with neighboring and other countries, and easing travel to Uzbekistan by offering visa-free entry and e-visa system, have definitely been working positively for increasing interest in our country.

We would like to remind our readers that Uzbekistan has been imposing visa-free entry step-by-step to many countries of the world, the number of which has now reached 93. This is a part of measures by the Uzbek government with the aim of increasing the number of foreign travelers from all over the world visiting Uzbekistan for tourism and business purposes.

Today, Uzbekistan welcomes the citizens of 93 countries of the world on a visa-free basis to its historical and cultural sites, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Khiva and others, whereas over 50 countries can visit Uzbekistan with an electronic visa / e-visa.

Traveling to Uzbekistan whether for business or tourism, will definitely make enjoy Uzbek hospitality, delicious Uzbek cuisine, and colorful bazaars offering a rich variety of the best fruits and dry fruits, all layered by the cultural heritage which can be sensed along the trip to Uzbekistan, no matter which part of the country you go. 

 

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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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