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Uzbekistan in the focus of Austrian media: The Tourist Gate of New Uzbekistan or Introduction to Samarkand
26 June 2023
Uzbekistan in the focus of Austrian media: The Tourist Gate of New Uzbekistan or Introduction to Samarkand

The leading Austrian magazine "Society" published an article by the founder and editor-in-chief of the publication, the ambassador of the tourism brand of Uzbekistan Gertrud Tauhammer under the heading "Tourist Gates of New Uzbekistan", dedicated to the city of Samarkand.

The author, who has repeatedly visited Uzbekistan as part of international, political and cultural events, presents its readers with a brief overview of the city of Samarkand in her article. As she writes, Samarkand is one of the oldest cities in Central Asia, the heart of the Great Silk Road and the capital of the empire of the great Tamerlane, which attracts true gourmets and lovers of exquisite architecture and ancient monuments. She describes Samarkand as a surprisingly diverse city.

Amongst the measures being taken in developing and promoting the tourism industry of Uzbekistan, the article highlights the new Samarkand International Airport, which has recently been reconstructed and extended to a modern facility, meeting international standards. As mentioned in the publication tourists will get acquainted with a bright representative of the family of the latest infrastructure facilities in Samarkand immediately upon arrival. They will be met by a modern international airport, made in the form of an open book, symbolizing the main work of Mirzo Ulugbek "The New Astronomical Table of Kuragoni". A modern terminal allows Samarkand to become a tourist hub of Uzbekistan,” emphasizes Gertrude Tauhammer.

According to the publication, Samarkand is replenished with worthy tourist infrastructure facilities, allowing the city to become more accessible and comfortable for different categories of travelers visiting Uzbekistan.

Listing the ancient monuments of Samarkand, the author advises the tourist visiting Samarkand to definitely visit Registan Square, where they get acquainted with the Ulugbek, Sher-Dor and Tillya-Kari madrasahs. “Together, these three theological schools form a single architectural ensemble, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list” – she concludes by describing the architectural sites of Samarkand.

Other historical attractions of Samarkand mentioned in the article include the ancient tomb of the Timurids – Gur-Emir (the tomb of the ruler Emir), Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, and Bibi Khanum Mosque, named after Amir Temur’s beloved wife.

The famous Siab Bazaar located in Samarkand, which is 600 years old is also described in the article as one of the most delicious and fragrant places in the city. Tourists visiting Samarkand, who are interested in buying designer items, are advised to visit the Samarkand Artisan Center, located in a restored caravanserai of the 19th century. 

The publication also mentions the important event for Samarkand, and overall for Uzbekistan, which will be held in the city from 16 October to 20 October this year, the 25th session of the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

“At the session, one of the oldest cities in Uzbekistan, Shakhrisabz, will be presented as a candidate for the status of “Tourist Capital of the Economic Cooperation Organization in 2024,”  the author informs in the article.

Society magazine was born from the merger between the UN Magazine, founded in 1945 at the initiative of Austrian Federal Chancellor Karl Renner, and Society magazine, founded in 1992 by Gertrud Tauhammer. Published in German and English, the magazine has a circulation of 50,000 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!

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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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