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Uzbekistan highlighted by Canadian Media: Tourism Potential of Samarkand in the focus of Canadian Newspaper “Le Devoir”
28 September 2023
Uzbekistan highlighted by Canadian Media: Tourism Potential of Samarkand in the focus of Canadian Newspaper “Le Devoir”

The Canadian French-language daily newspaper “Le Devoir” published an article dedicated to Uzbekistan, under the title: “Samarkand – the city of lights of Uzbekistan”.

The publication notes that today Samarkand is completely Turkish, a little Arabic, a little Persian, a little Chinese-Indian and completely Uzbek. This flagship city of an extraordinary country, Uzbekistan, also represents the face of a modern city dedicated to tourism. On the other hand, it is a pleasure to explore all the tourist destinations of Uzbekistan and its UNESCO-recognized sites, which deserve respect.

Samarkand combines both wealth and know-how, fueled by the immensity of the Timurid empire. “His grandson Ulugbek even turned Samarkand into an intellectual center, building in 1420 the first of three madrassas that today form the Registan Square, the most symbolic place in Uzbekistan,” the article says. - These three gigantic structures, with their 50-meter-high iwans, incredible decorations, riot of mosaics and glazed tiles, and turquoise domes touching the azure, are surrounded by imposing minarets that dare to support the sky. Inside one of them, the incomparable Tilla Kari Mosque goes even further: bathed in gold and dark blue and studded with a scattering of stars, it sparkles and dazzles beyond belief, especially if the heavens imitate it, or vice versa.”

At the same time, we would like to remind you that Samarkand is the second largest city (pop. 510,000) in Uzbekistan and its political center: the local clan has been holding the top authority in the country for half a century. In the past ... Samarkand was the oldest "living" city of the Soviet Union, and if in terms of age it was rivaled by, for example, Kerch, then by the contribution to world history Samarkand and Bukhara are inferior only to young upstarts in Moscow and St. Petersburg. If Bukhara can be called the Athens of the East, then the epithet for Samarkand was invented long ago - Rome of the East. Bukhara has always been a city of money, and Samarkand - a city of blood; the heroes of Bukhara are merchants and saints, and the heroes of Samarkand are kings and insurgents with Tamerlane at the top. 

Meanwhile, we would like to mention that Uzbekistan has imposed visa-free entry to Uzbekistan for Canadian citizens starting in 2016, which is part of a number of measures being implemented to increase the number of foreign travelers from all over the world visiting Uzbekistan for tourism and business intentions.

Uzbekistan welcomes not only Canadian citizens but the citizens of 93 countries of the world today on a visa-free basis to its historical and cultural sites, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Khiva and others. Those traveling to Uzbekistan whether for business or tourism, will definitely 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 it 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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