To mark the 27th Anniversary of Kazakhstan’s Independence, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Kuwait H.E. Almas Abdramanov hosted a reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 13 December. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah was the chief guest on the occasion.
Since independence from the former Soviet Union on 16 December, 1991, Kazakhstan, the world’s ninth-biggest country, has achieved a high level of advancement in various fields. Abundant reserves of oil and other valuable minerals have helped in the economic transformation of the country.
Kazakhstan is an attractive tourist destination with Almaty, the country’s biggest city boasting of leafy avenues, glossy shopping centers, the chic AlZhiR Museum-Memorial Complex and an upbeat nightlife. For a change of pace, tourists can go hiking in the high mountains and green valleys of the Tian Shan, search for wildlife on the lake-dotted steppe, enjoy homespun hospitality in village guesthouses, or jostle across the western deserts to remote underground mosques.
One of the best historic sights of Kazakhstan are the Buddhist rock carvings and paintings of Bodhisattvas at Tamgaly Tas, on the banks of the Ili River, 160km north of Almaty. Adding to the splendor is the breathtaking Charyn Canyon, considered a geological wonder for its uniquely defined structures.