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Summer joy in Azerbaijan

Overview

Being one of the largest countries in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, Azerbaijan is one of the countries that making waves when it comes to go-to places for a holiday. It has all the necessary ingredients of a tourist-friendly country: hospitable people, rich cultural, historic and religious diversity, beautiful natural scenery, exotic foods, and many more, making for a delightful summer getaway destination from the Middle East.

 

This stunningly unique former Soviet country has so much to offer: superb climate with warm summers, sublime beaches, megalithic monuments and a distinctively splendid diverse culture.  Though, 9 out of the 11 world climatic zones are found here, a nice, crisp sunny weather awaits you this summer with temperatures of between 22 and 28 degrees Celsius. This delightful weather all-year round and an easy two and a half -hour flight from Dubai – with Azerbaijan’s national carrier, AZAL and One of Dubai’s own Fly Dubai, The land of fire like it’s popularly known, should without a doubt be your number one summer destination this year.

 

Azerbaijan borders the Caspian Sea - the largest lake in the World. Meaning the Azerbaijani coastline extends over 800km making it a great beach destination with nice beaches and beach clubs in Baku.

 

Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital dubbed “The Dubai of the Caspian”, is an attraction in itself. A modern-day cosmopolitan city with unique architecture, a wonderful landscape design, shadowy alleys, comfortable cafes, and many amusement arcades for children and adults. Baku City offers you a contemporary European feel coupled with the untouched and archaic imprint of the bygone eras.

 

Thousands of tourists visit Azerbaijan every year to see these impressive attractions. From the stunning UNESCO heritage sites, unique souvenirs to shop for, delicious halal food to gorge on, unique medical spa therapy (Naftalan oil has unique healing qualities having no analogue in the world), the most amazing mud volcanoes on the planet (More than 350 out of the 800 mud volcanoes in the world are found in Azerbaijan!), the heritage-rich cities of Baku and Sheki City (Azerbaijan’s silk capital).

 

Sometimes you may just need to get out of the city. Fishing, Hunting and other great activities for the adventure seekers are available in Shahdag, Guba and Gabala.  Azerbaijan's eight national parks are also perfect places for rest and relaxation. Take your family for a hike or have a night in front of a bonfire telling scary stories under the stars. The hum drum of the city just melts away as you take a look at the fauna and flora and explore the natural elements just outside the city.

 

There are also several slopes suitable for different adventure experience levels for the adventure seekers at the Shahdag Mountain Resort located at a breathtaking height of 2500 meters above the sea level. Golfing, biking, running and hiking are among activities available for the thrill seekers. The kids can engage in biking, bouncy castles and other fun summer activities, too.

 

Apart from amazing climate, stunning attractions and awesome activities, Azerbaijan is one of the most religious tolerant countries in the world.  It is the most secure and safest country in the region with a growing number of more than 500 hotels offering the highest level of service. The most popular hotels are found in the capital Baku with the leaders in the global market like Hilton, Jumeirah, Kempinski, Four Seasons, Marriott, and Fairmont.

 

A holiday to Azerbaijan will remain incomplete if you haven’t gorged on the delightful Azerbaijani cuisine. There’s plenty of halal food: Meat and poultry features prominently in all the food preparations such as kebabs and minced meat, while pancakes, soups and bread form a major part of the daily Azerbaijani cuisine. Apples, cherries, grapes, melons, raspberries, plums and peaches are the prominent fruits grown here while sweet black tea or Azerbaijani sherbet is a very popular drink.

 

Among the various things to see and do in Azerbaijan, Baku nightlife is something to cherish. There are several happening places you can go to (pubs and nightclubs in the cities) and shopping on the other hand, is a treat for the shopaholics.

 

Azerbaijan has time without number proven that it can hold a sports event of any kind, both national and international. Azerbaijan offers recreational facilities, entertainment and sports centers, more than 15 Olympic sports complex and many more and games like World European boxing, wrestling, rhythmic gymnastics, fencing and other sports Championships are held in the country. This year, in June, the country will host the FIA Formulae 1 Grand Prix in Baku Street Circuit. Tourists are expected to flock to the capital to witness this said World’s Fastest Street circuit from 17th to 19th June.

 

Getting to Azerbaijan from the GCC region is the easiest thing anyone can think of. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Baku and the Visa procurement is a hassle-free activity, as nationals from UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore can get their visas on arrival in the Azerbaijan. Other nationalities can apply for Visas online in advance of travel, and get them stamped on arrival at the airport.

 

All these and more indicates that you’ll surely be charmed by Azerbaijan. So if you're looking for summer adventure that does not involve your usual places to travel to, Azerbaijan is the place that should top your summer destination list 2016.

 

 
 

Do You Know

  • Formula 1 Grand Prix
    2016 saw Azerbaijan become the latest addition to the Formula One calendar, with capital city Baku hosting what many claimed to be the fastest street circuit of the season, on a layout designed by renowned F1 track architect Hermann Tilke. Today, with a unique, narrow and ultra-high speed street layout Baku has become a long-term feature of forthcoming Formula 1 seasons.
  • Burning Mountain Yanardag
    That another beautiful wonder of the world is the Burning Mountain Yanardag in Azerbaijan. Yanardag is a mountain near Baku, the Capital of Azerbaijan. Yanardag continuously vents flames of fires all year round a process that has been going on for over 1000 years. Natural gas vents on the sides of the mountains make sure that the flames don’t subdue inspite of rain.
  • highest world’s flag-post
    That the Flag-post of Azerbaijan State Flag is the highest world’s flag-post! This was confirmed by Guinness World Records in May 2010. The height of the supporting block erected in 20000 m² land is 162 m, the diameter of the foundation is 3.2 m, the diameter of the top surface – 1.09 m. The width of the Flag is 35 m, length – 70 m, total area is 2450 m² and weighs – 350 kg.
  • Baku Multinational City
    That Baku is one of the biggest multinational cities in the world. For centuries people from more than 50 nations continue making Baku their home. These people include - Azerbaijanis, Russians, Ukrainians, Byelorussians, Georgians, Jews, Lezghins, Tatars, Germans, Polishs, Greeks, Turks, Tats, Talish and representatives of other nationalities and other ethnic groups.
  • Mud Volcanoes
    That Azerbaijan is considered as a homeland of mud volcanoes. Azerbaijan ranks first in the world in the number of mud volcanoes. Mud volcanoes are originally related to oil and gas fields. At the international competition of Swiss non-profit organization of the "Seven Wonders of Nature", The largest mud volcanoes on the territory of Azerbaijan took 5th place. The mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan are also listed in the Guinness Book.
  • Naftalan Oil
    That the Nafthalan oil is the only oil in the world for medical features.The deposit is situated 50 km away from the Ganja city of Azerbaijan. Nafthalan oil is famous in the world as the exclusive means with healing properties of bone, joint, skin, gynecological and urological diseases, nervousness, skin diseases, liver diseases, rheumatic joints, and soft tissues outside of the support apparatus.
  • Salty Mountain
    That the only Salty Mountain in the world is found in the south region of Azerbaijan. The Salty Mountain is famous both for it's pure salt and healing peculiarities. It's natural resources make 90 million tonnes. The salt was extracted here 6 thousand years ago. Before world-wide known “Silk Way” there was “Salt Way” extending from Nakhchivan to the countries of Middle East. Azerbaijan operates the World's Famous Salt Mountain Physiotherapy Center.
  • Caspian Sea
    That the Caspian Sea. World’s largest inland body of water with a surface area of 371,000 km² (143,000 sq. m.), also borders Azerbaijan. The Caspian Sea has the characteristics common to both - sea and lake! It has been listed as the world's largest lake, though it is not a freshwater lake. The Caspian Sea is a unique ecological system with rich natural resources, which include mineral, biological, agro-climatical, balneological, and recreational components.
  • Caspian Seal
    That the smallest seals in the World Ocean known as pinnipeds are an endemic species spread only in the Caspian Sea, bordering Azerbaijan. These seals, also known as the Caspian Seals are the only specimen of the pinnipeds listed in the Guinness Book Records and the “Red Book” of International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Ashabi-Kahf
    That the Ashabi-Kahf, one of the world's rare sanctuaries is found in Azerbaijan. Ashabi-Kahf is located in the natural cave between Ilandag and Nahajir Mountains, approximately 12 km away from the city of Nakhchivan of Azerbaijan. Acquaintance with the structure, the natural geographical conditions of the cave allows one to say, that Ashabi-Kahf was one of the world’s early settlements.
  • ironwood Demiragach
    That the wonder of nature ironwood Demiragach is growing in the south region of Azerbaijan. Ironwood Demiragach is one of the rare plants of the World. The Ironwood Demiragach tree neither burns in the fire nor sinks. Interestingly enough, It is impossible to drive a nail into this tree. The lifespan of this tree growing in the Talysh woods in Azerbaijan is more than 200 years.
  • Sheikh Safi Carpet
    That the most beautiful example of ornamental weaving is the"Ardebyl Carpet" or the "Sheikh Safi Carpet". This Carpets was woven in Tabriz, Azerbaijan in 1539 by the request of Sephevi Monarch Tahmasib I for Ardebil Mosque. The carpet of 56,12 sq.m. size was considered the largest carpet in the world for a long time, and is stored in "Victoria and Albert" Museum in London.
  • Shirali Muslimov
    That one of the long-lived inhabitants of the world (168 years)Shirali Muslimov was an Azeri. He was born in Barzavu village of Lerik region in 1805 and died in 1973. Shirali Muslumov was married 3 times and had 23 children. In 1966 Azerbaijani film studio shot a documentary film about him “Shirali descended from the mountain”. He became a father to a beautiful daughter at the age of 136. He was listed in Guinness Book Records for longevity.
  • Mugham Center
    That Baku, the Capital of Azerbaijan Houses the first and the only, world International Mugam Center. The building has a unique design and brings to mind one of the ancient beautiful musical instruments of Azerbaijan - the "Tar". Materials and equipment used for the building and construction of this state-of-the art Monument was imported from Italy, Austria, France and Turkey.
  • Azerbaijan Oil
    FACTS ABOUT AZERBAIJAN OIL. The first reliable information about oil extraction on the Absheron Peninsula, where Baku is located, dates back to the 7th and 8th centuries. At that time, the oil was taken primarily by very primitive or natural ways. In the 10th century, the Arabian traveler, Marudee, reported that both white and black oil were being extracted naturally from Baku. But as the demand for oil increased, people looked for new ways to extract the oil. It was in Azerbaijan that the first oil extraction took place. In Balakhany, one of the districts of Baku, there is a 35 meters deep well with a carved stone at the bottom. It was dug out in 1594 by a skilled workman named Mamed Nuroghlu . A Russian scientist Gemlin who visited Baku in 1771 and mine-engineer Voscoboynikov in 1827 researched and described these wells and their technology. By the end of the 19th century, Baku's fame as the "Black Gold Capital" had spread throughout of the world.

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