Archive of Almaty

New Mayor in Town: Almaty’s Contingency Plan

By Dmitry Lee

With the rise of Astana, Kazakhstan’s new capital, and the hype surrounding the city’s EXPO 2017, heaps of international projects and Abu Dhabi Plaza, the tallest sky scraper in Central Asia, what will happen to Kazakhstan’s former capital? The largest city by population, Almaty accommodates almost 1.5 million of the country’s 17 million people and

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Kazakhstan’s Ethno-Pop Music Hopes to Spread Around the World

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

The world today presents a wide range of music genres for people of all tastes. Whether electronic or heavy metal, sounds of any kind are available for everyone. Some of Kazakhstan’s outstanding musicians try to preserve traditional sounds and give them a modern twist. This year, Almaty hosted The Spirit of Tengri festival for the

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With Two Weeks to a Decision, Kazakh Olympic Hosting Bid Stands Strong

By Tom Michael

When Kazakhstan first announced it would bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, some international observers didn’t quite take the nation’s proposal seriously. They do now. The vast, affluent yet still relatively obscure Central Asian nation’s quest to host the Games in seven years has deeply impressed Olympic watchers and led some

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Small Business: A Driving Force in Kazakhstan’s Developing Economy

By Yelden Sarybay

At Kazakhstan’s present state of development, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are becoming a major factor in improving the country’s competitiveness in international trade. The development of entrepreneurship in the SME sector contributes to increased employment, increased volumes and a qualitative improvement in domestic production. By the end of 2013, in Astana alone, the volume

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Kazakhstan’s Car Industry: Fast and Furious

By Alex Lee

The “Fast and Furious” movie series is well-known the world over among car lovers. The series’ characters enjoy the thrill of speed, but sometimes pay a serious price when they hit curves in the road. The same may be true for Kazakhstan’s automobile industry. Automobile manufacturing in the heart of Central Asia is growing at

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Rare Earths: A Rare Opportunity for Kazakhstan

By Pavel Pribylovsky

The global market for rare earth elements used in the production of cell phones, flat screens, electric cars and other technology is valued at $3-5 billion and demand is expected to double by 2020. And some say Kazakhstan is in a prime position to capitalise on this rising global market. Rare earth elements (REEs), or

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New Travelers, Old Roads: Kazakhstan’s Silk Road Past and Future

By Michelle Witte

The Silk Road, the network of trade routes threading east to west, is what has stitched Central Asia together for centuries. It wove together disparate khanates, isolated empires and markets hungry for goods, ideas and information, and the patchwork of peoples from China to Western Europe was shaped by its rise and fall. Now, new

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German Artist Presents Pop Art Kazakhstan

By Julia Rutz

Kazakhstan is a country of great contrasts, of seeming disparities thriving side by side. Whether that is more than 130th ethnicities living in harmony, a traditionally Muslim culture fully open to the world’s modern ideas or its uber-modern capital city nestled in the vast natural beauty of the Kazakh steppe, young Kazakhstan is a study in diversity.

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Strings of an Angel Violinist Zhamilya Serkebayeva

By Dmitry Lee

Zhamilya Serkebayeva is more than just one of the most acclaimed classical violinists in Kazakhstan. She bridges the gap between classical and rock, and even shows her skills at lounge music. “Music in Kazakhstan, like everywhere else today, is perceived by what the audience sees, and not what it hears, unfortunately,” composer and musical producer

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Hitting the Right Notes: The Symbols, History and Images of Kazakh Currency

By Julia Rutz

One of the first things visitors to Kazakhstan notice is the gorgeous collection of paintings and illustrations of the country that are on display. There are portraits of famous people of Kazakhstan and intricate drawings of the nation’s landmarks and wildlife; the whole thing is a beautiful blur of the country’s rich past and surging

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