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Azerbaijan is becoming one of the popular tourist destinations

BakuOldCityLand of Fire becomes attractive destination for travelers.

Azerbaijan, a South Caucasus country located at the junction of the two world civilizations, is becoming one of the popular tourist destinations of the region.

The land rich with historical, cultural and natural heritage attracts visitors from all over the world. Untouched nature, mineral springs, the world’s only oil field treatment – naphthalene, a unique ancient architecture, unique culture, cuisine, and many more enable Azerbaijan to create all types of tourism, including business, sport, medical, cognitive, hunting, exotic, beach and even gastronomic.

With its towering Caucasus ranges, fertile valleys, thick forests and beautiful Caspian Sea coast, Azerbaijan is home to a remarkable natural diversity. Huge part of Azerbaijan’s territory is preserved as national parks and reserves, ranging from desert to highlands, to rolling fertile valleys, and marshlands. These landscapes offer a range of unusual flora and fauna, including ancient mountain villages.

In addition to the natural and rural attractions, Azerbaijan has a rich cuisine, changing from region to region. ‘Tasting’ Azerbaijan means enjoying juicy apples, pomegranates, grilled meats, kabab, dolma, bozbash, all perfumed with the herbs of untouched woodlands and the spices of the Silk Road.

There are ample of things to do in Azerbaijan, be it exploring the country on a horse back or simply savoring the delicious cuisine. The country offers something for every traveler. History lovers can see Gala Fortress, Gobustan, Icherisheher, etc. Adventure seekers can indulge in hiking, horse-riding hunting, etc in Guba, Shamakhi, Lankaran and other regions, or check out the nightlife of Baku.

The modern face of the city is of equal interest for the visitors. Buildings of Flame Towers, the sport and entertainment complex Crystal Hall which held a Eurovision contest in 2012, the cultural center of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and others are the unique characters symbolizing Baku.

A favorite place for walks for residents and guests of the capital remains transformed and shining by neon lights city Seaside park (Boulevard).

The flow of tourists is increasing every year, so in the capital and other tourist areas there is growing number of hotels with the highest level of service.

One of Azerbaijan’s strongest assets for tourism development is its service culture – Azerbaijanis are famous for their hospitality. This culture is best reflected in the hotel and restaurant sectors.

Last year, 35 hotels were built in the country, while 25 are under construction. In general, there are more than 500 hotels in Azerbaijan.

In 10 years, foreign tourists in Azerbaijan will spend $6 billion a year, according to the report of the World Travel & Tourism Council, WTTC.

The report says that in 2016 the tourism industry of Azerbaijan provided 2.285 billion manats ($1.437 billion) or 4.1 percent of the country’s GDP.

The WTTC forecasts says that in 2017 tourism will provide 7 percent or 2.446 billion manat of GDP, in 2017-2027 the sector’s share will grow by 6.5 percent to 4.581 billion manats ($2.881 billion) or 5.9 percet of GDP.

In 2016, some 479.5 million was invested in the tourism sector of Azerbaijan, according to the report, which predicts growth by 6.2 percent in 2017, and by 4.9 percent in the next 10 years.

In connection with March holiday – Novruz Bayram, a large number of tourists came to Azerbaijan mainly from Iran, Russia and Arab countries who spent more than a week in the country.

By Aminda Nazarli

AzerNews

 

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Warm and Colorful New Year Holiday Festival has opened in Baku Icherisheher 

Baku 2011 - 081New Year Bazaar “Winter Castle” is organized near the Gosha Gala Gates by the Administration of State Historical-Architectural Reserve Icherisheher and supported by Kapital Bank.

New Year Bazaar will delight Baku citizens and its guests until January 10.

New Year Bazaar is a fair, where you can enjoy a wide range of entertainment, shopping of a variety of products, books, hot snacks, sweets and even hot wine.

The fair is open every day from 12:00, and from 19:00 to 21:00 visitors will enjoy the concert program.

Entertainment includes not only the animation for kids on the weekends, but also fantastic deals. Travel agency DunyaTour offers visitors a unique opportunity to win a trip for two abroad.

Thus, each buyer, making a purchase worth more than 20 manats, receives a voucher. On January 10, at lottery drawing, he or she can be a winner and get a free trip to Istanbul.

But, that’s not all. Winner of the best selfie #gishgalasiselfie gets dinner for two at one of the restaurants of the Old City.

And the one, who writes the best and most original letter to Santa Claus, will receive a free dinner in the Fortress for the whole family. The competition will continue until December 30. The letter should be dipped in a glass box of the GAMMA tent.

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Young leaders of the Jewish community of the USA have visited Baku International Multiculturalism Centre

Jewish students studying in US visit Baku International Multiculturalism Centre.

Young leaders of the Jewish community of the USA studying in Israel and around 50 students from US universities in the states of Michigan, Harvard, Illinois, California and Maryland have visited Baku International Multiculturalism Centre.

The delegation was informed of the activity of the centre, including its eight branches operating in the world, as well as of tolerance traditions and multiculturalism values in Azerbaijan. The guests learned that around 16,000 Jews live in Azerbaijan today.

Chief of the Israel branch of Baku International Multiculturalism Centre (BIMC) Arye Gut emphasized that today Azerbaijan is a beacon of progress and development in the Islamic world, a model of inter-civilizations and inter-religion dialogue. He also noted that despite being a predominantly Muslim country, Azerbaijan is home to people of various creeds and ethnicities. He also hailed the Azerbaijani leadership`s attention to the Jewish community in the country. He mentioned that Krasnaya Sloboda (Red village), where mountain Jews have lived for many centuries, is a unique place and source of pride of Azerbaijan.

Gut said Krasnaya Sloboda is a product of close cooperation and partnership between the Jewish and Muslim communities in Azerbaijan.

The delegation also received information of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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Microsoft организовала в Баку семинар для технических руководителей

Компания Microsoft Azərbaycan организовала в Баку для технических руководителей и IT-директоров семинар на тему “Безопасная облачная платформа Microsoft”, передает Day.Az со ссылкой на Trend.

Выступивший на семинаре эксперт по стратегическим решениям компании Microsoft Azerbaijan, Гачай Мирзаев отметил, что в настоящее время общество живет в мире, где облачные вычисления и мобильные технологии являются главными трендами и формируют направления развития бизнеса, и благодаря именно этим двум трендам, традиционный подход к обеспечению безопасности не совместим с современными реалиями.

“Как результат – мы видим ежедневные новостные заголовки о компрометации клиентских данных, краже информации и миллиардах потерь в результате подобных утечек. Стоит отметить, что за последние 6 месяцев в результате различных кибератак общая сумма ущерба компаний и учреждений в Азербайджане составила более 1 млн. долларов США. Например, за последние 6 часов разные учреждения подверглись 800 тыс. кибератакам, 75% которых пришлось на долю банковского сектора”, – сказал Гачай Мирзаев.

Руководитель программ информационной безопасности Microsoft в Центральной и Восточной Европе Артем Синицын выступил на семинаре и рассказал участникам мероприятия почему традиционная парадигма информационной безопасности теряет свою актуальность, какие компоненты современной стратегии информационной безопасности являются обязательными, а также затронул способы нахождения баланса между преимуществами облачных технологий и вопросами безопасности, связанных с их использованием. Кроме этого, участники мероприятия с большим интересом встретили практические сценарии обеспечения безопасности гибридного облака.

“В Microsoft мы рассказываем своим партнерам о важности того, что не стоит довольствоваться простой защитой от какой-либо опасности, ее также необходимо своевременно выявить и дать ответ. На данном семинаре мы рассмотрели опыт борьбы против кибератак разных государственных и частных учреждений и обсудили инновационные ценности облачных решений”, – сказал Артем Синицын.

В рамках мероприятия участники семинара ознакомились с облачными сервисами безопасности Microsoft и их возможностями реализовать стратегию информационной безопасности.

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Baku Heads Forbes Top 10 Holiday Destinations in Velvet Season

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You think that could not enjoy the sun this summer, and it is too late to do this. But, it does not relevant to Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, which delights people with its sunlight until late September.

Popular Russian hotel search service RoomGuru.ru and Forbes.ru presented TOP 10 resort cities and islands to relax in the velvet season.

Baku headed the list, earning its place of honor among the cities thanks to its beaches, unique beauty and mixture of cultures.

According to the service, for about $800 one can spend an unforgettable week in sunny Baku.

The recreation budget for two people, included airfare from Moscow to Baku and back, and a week stay in a cheap hotel (3-star hotel and above) in the resort. We are taken into account the average prices in September.

A week for two in Baku in September will cost $370, and the flight from Moscow to Baku and back will be about $432.

In Azerbaijan, sunny weather persists until the end of September, and one can enjoy swimming and sun tanning in the warm Caspian Sea.

Visiting the capital of this rapidly developing country, any tourist will be satisfied with vacation, since Baku has been able to preserve the heritage of antiquity and at the same time took the image of a modern metropolis.

Among the historical monuments of the city it’s required to visit the local acropolis Icherishehir,  the pearl of Azerbaijani architecture Shirvanshahs Palace and the accumulation of petroglyphs with the age of about 10,000 years — Gobustan.

The main attraction of modern Baku is steel futuristic skyscrapers — Flame Towers, which are visible from any point of the city.

At any time of year it is possible to visit Azerbaijan. Nine of the eleven climate zones that exist in our planet allow the country to welcome visitors all year round. But each of the seasons, of course, has its own unique colors and features. Which of them will bring you more pleasure can be found only through personal acquaintance with amazingly beautiful nature, the Caspian coast, ancient history and cultural traditions of Azerbaijan.

In September the weather varied depending on the city and regions of the country. In this month the weather in Azerbaijan is just perfect, which will allow you to savor fully your vacations: the sun is guaranteed, rainfall is scarce and the humidity is bearable. It is therefore the ideal month to go to this city.

Azerbaijan, a unique land in the Caucasus, has appeared not so long ago on the world’s tourism map. Tourism is among the government’s priorities for the development of its non-oil sector. Azerbaijan makes everything possible to use its natural advantages to develop the tourism sector of the country, implementing various projects and programs for attracting tourists to the Land of Fire.

Today, there are about 570 accommodation facilities and 300 travel agencies in Azerbaijan. The prices for hotels and hostels became even more attractive for the foreign visitors due to the devaluation of the national currency in 2015. The provided accommodation establishments are of any price range, starting from just $6-7 per night in hostel and $25 in hotels.

By Amina Nazarli

AzerNews

 

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center among the nominees for The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Inaugural International Prize

 

Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects among the nominees for The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Inaugural International Prize.

The RIBA International Prize will be awarded to the most significant and inspirational building of the year. The winning building will demonstrate visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.

For 50 years the RIBA awards and prizes have championed and celebrated the best architecture in the UK and around the world.

The winner of the first RIBA International Prize will be announced at a ceremony in London in December 2016.

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Azerbaijan’s capital Baku will become a paradise for sport fans

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This month Azerbaijan’s capital Baku will become a paradise for sport fans, since the country has scheduled several major international sporting events.

Russian famous tourist service Travel.ru included Baku in Top 3 most popular cities to visit sporting events in May for Russian tourists.

The “City of Winds” Baku going to host Tour d`Azerbaijan, was placed second following Moscow, which will host Ice Hockey World Championship and leaving behind Barcelona to host Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe.

The UCI 2.1 five-day Tour d’Azerbaidjan stage race held from May 4 to 8 will involve 21 teams from 19 countries. Tour d’Azerbaidjan 2016 will be the fifth edition of the event, which started in 2012 as the Heydar Aliyev Anniversary Tour (U23) and in 2012 – the tour became an annual event, later being transformed into Tour d’Azerbaidjan.

The international tour will again take the peloton on a trip across Azerbaijan – from the Caspian shores to the Caucasus Mountains. The race will be held across Baku, Sumgayit, Absheron, Ismayilli, Gabala, Mingachevir and Sheki.

Recently, Baku once again proved that the city is one of the leading sports capitals, by holding Baku Marathon-2016, which brought together 7,000 runners to overcome a 21km distance.

To date, such marathons have been held in London, Paris, Boston, New York, Chicago, Berlin, Barcelona, Istanbul and other cities and by hosting the event Baku stood on a par with these cities.

Up to now, Azerbaijan has successfully hosted over 300 international sports events, including European and world championships, which increased the international Olympic family`s confidence in the country.

This summer Baku will host one of the world’s richest forms of motorsport to be held on the streets of the country’s booming capital Baku for the first time. Scheduled for June 17-19 the Baku City Circuit will be the second longest F1 track on the calendar, with a length slightly over six kilometers as an anti-clockwise layout.

By Amina Nazarli

AzerNews

Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony claims to six Emmy Awards

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The impressive Opening Ceremony of the Baku 2015 European Games left positive traces in minds after becoming a reality last year. The world saw the rich Azerbaijani culture, blending unique features of East and West.

And now almost one year later there is pleasant opportunity to remember the historical date — June 12 again, as the grandiose ceremony has been nominated for the 43rd annual edition of the Daytime Emmy Awards.

The Daytime Emmy Awards has been honoring excellence in all fields of daytime programming for 43 years. The Emmy is awarded in different categories, including acknowledgements for series, performers and all other technical and creative areas.

Azerbaijan will claim to as much as six awards including Best Directing Special Class, Best Art Direction, Best Lighting Direction, Best Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing, Best Music Direction and Composition and Best Costume Design/Styling.

The grand opening ceremony of the inaugural European Games on June 12, which astonished all of Europe with its Azerbaijani culture-themed production, was a spectacular and memorable kick off to a momentous sporting event.

As many as 68,000 people in Baku’s Olympic stadium along with millions around the world tuning in watched the opening ceremony of the long-awaited Baku 2015, welcoming 6,000 athletes from 50 European nations in 20 sports between June 12 and 28.

A team of world-renowned artistic and production team provided audiences around the world with breathtaking performances of traditional Azerbaijani folk and classical music, poems from famed national poet Nizami Ganjavi, and showcased the national symbols of Azerbaijan like carpets and the pomegranate.

Pop singer Lady Gaga surprised audiences with a moving rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, adding a special touch to the spirit of the event.

Artistic director of the opening ceremony of the first European Games, the world-famous professional Dimitris Papaioannou also nominated in the ORIGINS category in two awards such as Outstanding Directing Special Class and Outstanding Art Direction / Set Decoration / Scenic Design.

Papaioannou received the Golden Cross of the Order of Honor from the President of Greece for outstanding artistic achievements following his works at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Since then, he has created several groundbreaking shows that have been performed all over the world to a combined audience of hundreds of thousands.

“My appointment as the official in charge to create the Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony is both an honor and a challenge,” he commented his participation in the project last summer. “My aim is to tell a universal human story using elemental Azerbaijani ingredients in a way that is contemporary, inventive and playful, but always respectful of the culture’s enormous richness and depth.”

Winners will be revealed during the Creative Arts Emmys on April 29, followed by the main ceremony on May 1 in Los Angeles, California.

By Amina Nazarli

AzerNews

Baku is absolutely stylish city with incredible synthesis of old and modern buildings, which offers its visitors to enjoy amazing feeling of an extraordinary contrast

 

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Whether you love cities best for their architecture, culture, people or food, in Baku exactly will be something to capture your imagination.

Located “where East and West meet”, Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku attracts many people from all over the world.

Baku is absolutely stylish city with incredible synthesis of old and modern buildings, which offers its visitors to enjoy amazing feeling of an extraordinary contrast.

Baku is the city, which is simply impossible to ignore and without discovering this “City of Winds” one would miss a lot.
A recently published book “Skylines: A Journey Through 50 Skylines of the World’s Greatest Cities also paid a special attention to Baku. British travel writers Yolanda Zappaterra and Jan Fuscoe, highlighted the beauties of Baku along with those of London, Roma, Paris, Istanbul, New York and Moscow.
The travelers told about the antiquity, history and architecture of the city, as well as its famous mud volcanoes.

Geologists compare mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan with the surface of the Mars. Tourists often make unique photos in the fantastic scenery of natural attractions, where 23 mud volcanos are protected by the government and have the status of national parks.

The travelers also mentioned the Icherisheher (Old City), Maiden Tower and Shirvanshah Palace, which were included in the UNESCO’s world heritage list.

Of no less interest for the guests is the modern appearance of the capital.

Among the new hallmarks of Baku the travelers highlight the magnificent building complex Flame Towers, which has become the modern symbol of Baku, Heydar Aliyev Center, resembling a wave-like ascension from the ground towards the sky as well as International Mugham Center, which is a very valuable building for the acquaintance the world with the national music.

The book also praised significant international events held in the country for past years such as “Eurovision Song Contest”, inaugural European Games, also mentioning the forthcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe to take place this summer.

Baku has become the favorite destinations for many tourists because of many unique features. Despite the fact that Azerbaijan is a Muslim country, there are no special restrictions of dress and use of alcohol here, that’s why many tourists feel themselves comfortable and can enjoy unique contrasts here.

Each year the number of tourist who wish to see and feel the atmosphere in this beautiful city increases. Russia has recently announced about the growth in number of its tourists visiting the South Caucasus, including Azerbaijan.

Russian experts said the number of booked tours to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia have increased by half. Demand for tours to Azerbaijan, in turn, rose by three times.

“There is an increase in demand for Baku and Tbilisi tours. The number of tickets to these destinations increased by three times compared to January-April 2015,” said Vladislav Shevtsov, Director of the general manger of DaTravel.com.

By Amina Nazarli

AzerNews

 

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Azerbaijan Airlines has announced the launch of a new campaign due to Novruz holiday

AZAL AirlinesAzerbaijan Airlines has announced the launch of a new campaign due to Novruz holiday.

During the national spring holiday Novruz, anyone can buy two air tickets of the economy or business class for the price of one.

The campaign applies to round-trip tickets from Baku/ to Baku in the following directions: London, Paris, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Beijing and New York. The cost for the second air ticket will not be charged, except for administrative fees.

Sales period within the campaign is March 18 – 27, 2016. Flights period is April 1 – May 31, 2016.

Air tickets purchased within the campaign should be of the same flight and class. According to the terms of the campaign, air tickets can only be exchanged together.

Tickets can be booked on the website of the company http://www.azal.az and purchased at AZAL sales offices.

To purchase tickets and for more information, please contact: + (99412) 598-88-80 or *8880. E-mail: callcenter@azal.az

Azerbaijan Airlines is a major air carrier and one of the leaders of the aviation community of CIS countries. AZAL with the newest airplane fleets, consisting of 25 airplanes, does not have a single old plane.

Being an important member of the International Civil Aviation Organization Council, for its services AZAL received a prestigious “4 Stars” from the leader in air transport research, the world-famous British consulting company Skytrax last June.

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