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UAE to help Uzbekistan in developing the hotel business
23 June 2020
UAE to help Uzbekistan in developing the hotel business

The hotel industry is one of the rapidly developing fields of the economy of Uzbekistan, growing for 15-20% on an annual basis. The industry has stood firm during the pandemic crisis, but have not fully recovered yet.

However, the pandemic has revealed the major problems of the hotel industry, thus helping to signify and apply the further development of the hotel business in Uzbekistan. We already know that to come out of the crisis requires taking urgent measures now. One of those measures for Uzbekistan would be to cooperate with the experts in the hotel industry of UAE.

There is a new memorandum signed between the State Committee of Uzbekistan for tourism development, the Association of Hoteliers of Uzbekistan and ATECA Holding of UAE. The document is intended on the realization of various initiatives and projects, which are addressed to developing the hotel business in Uzbekistan, as well as improving the service quality and management standards in the country.

Based on the long-term international experience of Michel Noblet, the Chairman of the ACETA Holding and his professional team of experts, important areas of trilateral cooperation have been identified by the parties. The significant areas of improvement would include the following:

-        Applying modern technologies and integrated management systems by the accommodation facilities

-        Improving the classification and specification systems of the hotels in accordance with the international standards, already at the planning stage of the facilities

-        Promoting the investment opportunities of the hotel industry of Uzbekistan abroad, attracting international hotel chains to the country    

-        Organizing special training and events on upgrading the skills of the specialists working in the hotel business

-        Implementing innovational technical solutions that would bring  digital transformation into the industry

Today global digitalization is considered as a base of the new Hospitality policy and thanks to the UAE experts Uzbekistan would be able to break new ground of the digital era. Another important cooperation area between the countries would be advisory assistance to Uzbekistan in the hotel industry, to help the country to adapt easily to the new realities of the tourism industry after the pandemic. International leading experience would also help Uzbekistan in meeting the new safety requirements of accommodating the tourists.

Michel Noblet is a world-class expert, engaged in the development of Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts hotel chain and hotel for many years. He was the CEO and Founding Partner of HMH Holding - Hospitality Management Holding (Dubai) during 2003-2013, which operates a network of 53 hotels in the MENA region (the Middle East and North Africa).

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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!

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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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