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Kazakhstan Fashion Week Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Astana

By Michelle Witte

Kazakhstan’s Fashion Week came to Astana for only the second time on Oct. 23 and 24, with 20 designers showing their spring 2015 collections on a catwalk in the capital’s Soluxe Astana Beijing Palace Hotel. This year is the 10th anniversary of Kazakhstan Fashion Week (KFW), but the first year designers have shown in the

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Relearning the Native Tongue: Bringing Kazakh Language Back to the Steppe

By Michelle Witte

Kazakhstan’s many peoples speak many tongues – Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Uyghur and Tatar, among others – but after decades of suppression in the Soviet days, the country’s mother tongue, the Kazakh language, is still working to reestablish itself across the steppe. The Rise of Literacy, the Fall of Kazakh Though Kazakh was not officially forbidden

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Patriotism Drives Surgeon to Pursue Cutting-Edge Medicine

By Dmitry Lee

In the first 20 years of independence, Kazakhstan has had many successes and, among its most recent, has been in the field of cardio vascular surgery. Heart transplants are now performed in Kazakhstan at the capital’s National Research Cardiac Surgery Center (NRCSC) headed by Dr. Yury Pya, the center’s chairman of the board. On Aug.

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Nazarbayev University: Creating Innovations and Innovators

By Dmitry Lee

Kazakhstan is a young nation that is fortunate to be blessed in many ways and with many resources. It is among the world’s top 20 oil and gas producers, is the world’s leading uranium supplier, it’s the breadbasket agriculturally to many in the region and people around the world speak on cell phones with rare

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Real Estate: Kazakhstan’s Growing Sector

By Pavel Pribylovsky

Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been rising as the Kazakh economy has strengthened, and has steadily increased since the crisis of 2008. According to an Ernst & Young survey, real estate and construction are among the five most attractive sectors for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Kazakhstan, outranking even growth areas such as high technology

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The Landlocked Shore: Kazakhstan’s Caspian Region

By Michelle Witte

A landlocked country isn’t the obvious choice for a beach holiday, and, to be sure, landlocked Kazakhstan’s Caspian coast isn’t bursting with foreign tourists. This, however, is part of the region’s charm: clean water, relatively undeveloped beaches and intact traditions, plus mellow cities and unique, sun-blasted rock canyons. The Mangistau region that encompasses much of

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Astana on Tap: Craft Beer Comes to Kazakhstan

By Michelle Witte

Much about Kazakhstan remains mysterious to the rest of the world. “Where is it?” and “What language do they speak,” and “Why would anyone ferment camel’s milk?” are a few of the questions people tend to ask when you say “I work in Kazakhstan.” But the country has one particularly effervescent little secret: its beer.

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Alakol Lake: Birdwatcher’s Paradise, Kazakh Beach Party

By Michelle Witte

One of Kazakhstan’s largest lakes, Alakol, has a personality as varied as its famously multicolored waters. Around its roughly 350 kilometers of shoreline are quiet islands for birdwatchers, health resorts with curative mud and domestic beach destinations where Kazakhs from Almaty and beyond party with motorboats and jet skis against a background of dark, pebbled

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With Official Recognition, EXPO 2017 Begins Construction in Astana

By Michelle Witte

Halfway through 2014, the city on the steppe has a striking new vertical dimension – tall, thin cranes rising in its central districts and beyond. Astana has been growing since its establishment as Kazakhstan’s capital some 17 years ago, and now it’s growing something new: a cutting-edge new district that will house the ambitious, energy-innovative

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Asset Management in Kazakhstan Offers a New Frontier

By Pavel Pribylovsky

This year has brought little in the way of good news for emerging markets investors. The MSCI EM Index drop of 6.48 percent in the first quarter following a strong sell-off was precipitated by the United States Federal Reserve announcement that it plans to taper quantitative easing. And while growth has dropped off significantly in

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