About Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan held negotiations with National Geographic on promoting tourism
04 September 2020
Uzbekistan held negotiations with National Geographic on promoting tourism

An online meeting between the experts of the Uzbek State Committee on Tourism Development and the Head of Strategic Planning on Tourism Content of the National Geographic Channel Katerina Salt has been held. NatGeo Channel Director on Cooperation in Tourism Nitu Kamboy also participated in the meeting.

This was the second meeting held between the National Geographic experts and the Uzbek government, where Uzbekistan was offered to promote its touristic potential on the channel, as well as its social media pages. 

The current cooperation is indeed a great opportunity for Uzbekistan, since NatGeo has a very wide audience worldwide and broadcasts in 172 countries, and its magazine is published in 37 languages around the world, with 63 million subscribers.

Discussions of the last meeting had included the list of countries, from where most tourists visit Uzbekistan, such as Turkey, Japan, South Korea, India, France, Germany and Spain. This time the meeting included the topics of promoting the travel products to new international markets such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Poland, Mexico and Norway. 

The experts of the National Geographic channel shared their statistics with the Uzbek side. The “storytelling approach” was also discussed and suggested as a new way of promoting the travel market of Uzbekistan.

The sides also talked about 4 stories describing Uzbekistan and the new project Nat Geo Photocamp, which focuses on improving the photography skills of the youth. The projects are planned to be realized for 2 years. The first step starts in the spring of the next year 2021 with photo shootings and storytelling, which will be presented to the audience in all platforms of National Geographic by the end of the year.

The second part of the project includes broadcasting the materials about tourism in Uzbekistan through TV channels, as well as publications. Promoting Uzbekistan via social media is also part of the project.

Based on the agreements achieved as a result of the meeting, the Uzbek State Committee on Tourism Development has started evaluating the issue of financing the current projects.

 

More news about Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan recommended for traveling by American Online Platform: Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand

Stunning photos of the architectural monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva along with the descriptive article about Uzbekistan posted on INSIDEHOOK portal. 

17 January 2024
Uzbekistan’s another site in the Tentative UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Tashkent Mahallas or Traditional Neighborhoods

The inclusion of Tashkent mahallas in the Tentative List will provide an opportunity to nominate them to the UNESCO World Heritage List in the future.

07 February 2022
UNWTO: RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL EASE – EUROPE LEADS CAUTIOUS RESTART OF TOURISM

Restrictions on travel, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, are being eased step by step worldwide, thus allowing tourism to restart in particular number of destinations of the globe. The latest research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reveals that 22% of all destinations worldwide (48 destinations) have started to ease restrictions, with Europe being the leader. Whereas 65% of the world destinations (141 destinations) keep their borders completely closed to international tourism.

25 June 2020
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
Exchange rates
100 RUR
13565.52 UZS
100 USD
1267588.04 UZS
100 EUR
1352840.55 UZS
100 GBP
1587020.78 UZS
Weather in cities
Tashkent
+
Samarkand
+