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Uzbekistan participates at Arabian Travel Market 2021
19 May 2021
Uzbekistan participates at Arabian Travel Market 2021

Arabian Travel Market 2021 (ATM-2021) is taking place in Dubai during 16-19 May this year. The exhibition is the first public event in the international tourism sector for the last 18 months.

Aabian Travel Market is the market leading, international travel and tourism event unlocking business potential within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. Tourism destinations from around the world will showcase their brand and exhibit at the show along with the biggest names in accommodation and hospitality, renowned tourism attractions, innovative travel technology companies and key airline routes.

This year ATM will run as a hybrid event with the live event taking place in the Dubai World Trade Centre during 16-19 May 2021 and a virtual event including webinars. Additionally, as a part of the event 1-2-1 video meetings will be taking place a week later during 24-26 May 2021. 

The theme of ATM-2021 is ‘A New Dawn for Travel and Tourism’, with the participation of companies from 62 countries from all over the world. The list of countries include Uzbekistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and others.

“We're here with you, ready to reunite and enable a strong comeback for our industry!” – as quoted on the website of the organizers of ATM-2021.

It should be mentioned that Uzbekistan is the only country among Central Asia, which will be represented at the exhibition by a free-standing panel.

The representing booth of Uzbekistan is organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Uzbekistan, hotel Hyatt Regency Tashkent, as well as other hotels and several tour operators of the country.

Participation of our country in one of the leading international events of the world tourism sector will indeed contribute in spreading information about the tourism in Uzbekistan in the world market, thus attracting more tourists to visit Uzbekistan, the pearl of the Great Silk Road. Taking into account the additional health and safety measures against COVID-19 being taken in the country, as well as new flexible visa policy of Uzbekistan for travelers during the recent years, Uzbekistan deserves to be anyone’s top travel destination in 2021.

We would like to remind that our country now has a visa-free entry to Uzbekistan for 86 states, whose citizens can cross the border for periods between 30 and 90 days, depending on the nationality. Also, citizens of 77 countries have the opportunity to come to Uzbekistan by obtaining an electronic visa.

Additionally, since July 2018 visa-free entry to Uzbekistan was allowed for the period of 5 days for the citizens of almost 100 countries, traveling as a transit through the country. If you are passing by Uzbekistan as a transit destination, 5 days of stay in Uzbekistan gives you opportunity not only to stay in the modern capital of Uzbekistan – Tashkent city, but also quickly travel to historical cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva by train or by taking a local flight, which has become extremely comfortable.

To make traveling to Uzbekistan even more convenient during the pandemic, as of 25 March of the current year, foreign citizens arriving to Uzbekistan are allowed to enter the country without passing the express PCR test at the border, subject to providing a negative PCR test result taken in the laboratories meeting the international quality standards.  




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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.

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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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