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Tourism potential of Uzbekistan in the focus of media attention in Singapore – The Straits Times
22 June 2023
Tourism potential of Uzbekistan in the focus of media attention in Singapore – The Straits Times

As Uzbekistan keeps promoting the image of the country and its tourism potential internationally by attracting more foreign travelers to visit Uzbekistan’s tourist sites, one more famous newspaper has published an article dedicated to Uzbekistan.

The Straits Times, the largest print media in Singapore, has published a detailed article about Uzbekistan titled “History, culture and $1 taxi rides: Why hidden-gem Uzbekistan needs to be on your bucket list”. 

The article by Clara Lock, based on her personal experience during her trip to Uzbekistan, remarks that the new hotels and transport links make it easier to travel around Central Asia, which remains affordable even as its tourism industry is up-and-coming. 

The author notes that tourism in the country has a huge potential and today offers a highly developed infrastructure for those visiting Uzbekistan for travel and business. The publication highlights the rapid development of the tourism industry, which, along with traditional Uzbek hospitality and the rich historical and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, makes the country an increasingly attractive and relatively inexpensive tourist destination.

“Infrastructure development has made domestic travel in the landlocked country faster and more comfortable,” the article says. “Spanish-made high-speed trains run between the capital Tashkent and the Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, but seats are in high demand, so you need to book them in advance.”

It is noted that today the country can present a variety of types of tourism for those planning a trip to Uzbekistan, including ski resorts, ecotourism and ethno tourism, and even trips to the dried-up Aral Sea.

Besides portraying the colorful and rich bazaars of Uzbekistan, Clara Lock writes about an unforgettable trip to the Tashkent metro, where each station is akin to a work of art. Of course, the taste of the legendary Uzbek pilaf, a royal dish that is available and loved in Uzbekistan by every resident and guest, does not remain unmentioned by the author.

The abundance of souvenirs and local carpets sold in the colorful Uzbek bazaars that reflect the richness and originality of Uzbek folk arts and crafts also did not leave Singaporean journalists indifferent.

Clara Lock describes her visit to the ancient architectural monuments of the historical cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as the most indelible impression during the trip to Uzbekistan, strongly recommending Singaporeans to visit Uzbekistan.

Other significant tourism reforms in the country,  such as visa-free regimes for many countries including Singapore, being established starting from 2016 until today, were especially highlighted as another measure making traveling to Uzbekistan a lot easier and hassle-free.

For reference, The Straits Times is Singapore's flagship daily newspaper in English by SPH Media, one of Asia's leading media companies. Founded on July 15, 1845, the newspaper comprehensively covers the main news of the country and the world. The daily circulation of the newspaper makes about a million copies. 


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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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