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Uzbekistan participates at the Muslim Shopping Festival in London: "Five reasons for every Muslim to visit Uzbekistan"
01 March 2024
Uzbekistan participates at the Muslim Shopping Festival in London: "Five reasons for every Muslim to visit Uzbekistan"

The tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan were presented at the Muslim Shopping Festival held on February 24-25 in the capital of Great Britain for the first time.

As part of the two-day tourism fair, the founder of the travel company “Halal Travel Guide” Sumaya Hamdi and the Embassy of Uzbekistan held a presentation on the topic “5 reasons for every Muslim to visit Uzbekistan.” Agreements have been reached to organize a trip to Uzbekistan for more than 1,000 British tourists this year.

During the presentation, information was presented about the historical and architectural monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, the modern complex "Eternal City". The heritage of the great Uzbek scientists who contributed to the development of Islamic civilization in Uzbekistan, Uzbek national cuisine and other tourist attractions of Uzbekistan aroused great interest among the broad Muslim community of Great Britain.

Guests of the festival learned about the visa-free regime to travel to Uzbekistan established by the government for citizens of most countries of the world, an electronic visa system for holders of passports of a number of foreign countries, information about the modern hotels in Uzbekistan, and favorable conditions created for tourists visiting Uzbekistan.

Executive Director of the International Interest company Sami Hamdi expressed admiration for our country. She highlighted the monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva of the Islamic culture as key factors of interest to representatives of the Muslim community in Great Britain.

"Muslim Shopping Festival" has been held since 2016. More than 250 representatives from the international tourism industry take part each year, covering halal-certified destinations, food and fashion trends. This year, Uzbekistan presented its tourism opportunities at the festival for the first time.

The founder of the Emerald Network Company, Ruful Ali, an expert on the Muslim lifestyle, shared his experience about his trip to Uzbekistan. Ruful Ali visited our country several times as an amateur photographer and mentioned that the Registan complex made a great impression on him. He also noted that interest in traveling to Uzbekistan for pilgrimage tourism has been growing in recent years.

Overall, the presentation was very useful and successful in terms of opening new destinations for British and foreign tourists, particularly informing those with limited knowledge about our country with more detailed information about various tourist destinations in Uzbekistan.

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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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