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Tourism potential of Uzbekistan in the focus of French magazine "Nouvelles-du-monde"
04 April 2023
Tourism potential of Uzbekistan in the focus of French magazine "Nouvelles-du-monde"

Uzbekistan gets attention in a French magazine named "Nouvelles-du-monde". The website of the magazine recently posted an article titled "Journey to Asia: Delight from the first trip to Uzbekistan", telling readers about the trip of a Dutch traveler to Uzbekistan in 2020.

The article notes that Uzbekistan is a country in transition, which is in active development and transformation and is open to foreign investors and tourists willing to travel to Uzbekistan for tourism and business purposes. As the authors of the article note, a lot of resources and efforts are being spent on the current reforms, and you can construction is booming in many places as a demonstration of the ongoing transformation and reforms in the country.

“Great importance is attached to the representativeness of architecture: the original design of the airport building immediately catches the eye in the city of Samarkand. It looks like a giant open book, the article says. - A number of other ancient and medieval buildings are also impressive; No wonder the old city of Uzbekistan was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, like some other rail stations in the country.”

The historical center of Bukhara also holds many works of art to admire, writes the author of the article.

As mentioned in the article dedicated to Uzbekistan, there is also active construction activity and new skyscrapers are being built in the metropolis, city of Tashkent. You can see a combination of wide streets with panel houses, majestic new government buildings, historical sites and monuments in the capital of Uzbekistan – Tashkent.

The publication notes that the Chorsu bazaar located in Tashkent city, one of the largest and oldest markets in Central Asia, known already in the Middle Ages, is a must-visit spot when you travel to Uzbekistan. “In the center of the bazaar is a large dome with countless butchers and sellers of herbs and spices, vegetables and fruits,” the article says. - The dome is surrounded by a labyrinth full of alleys, passages, market stalls, tents and halls. Uzbek carpets, towels, dishes, groceries, the list of goods on offer is endless.”

The national Uzbek dish Plov is served on large plates, which is primarily rice with meat, at first glance reminiscent of European paella, concludes a French magazine. Uzbek pilav has been included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

At the same time, we would like to remind you that a total of 93 countries can visit Uzbekistan on a visa-free basis today, while over 50 countries can travel to Uzbekistan with an electronic visa / e-visa. The countries that are able to visit Uzbekistan without obtaining a visa cover all EU member states and the UK.


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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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