Perfectly connected to the world with more than 40 direct flights to various destinations and over 20 airlines operating in the country from six international airports in Baku, Ganja, Nakhchivan, Gabala, Lenkaran, Zaqatala. Azerbaijan has a visa-free regime with 10 states for short stays, including: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Visa on arrival is available for the citizens of 14 states, including: Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Japan, Indonesia, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Israel, United Arab Emirates and Turkey. For the nationalities requiring pre-arranged visas there are options of obtaining the document at the diplomatic missions of Azerbaijan or proceeding through official electronic visa portal (www.eviza.gov.az).
As though by the wave of a magic wand, Baku has suddenly unleashed one of the world’s most astonishing building booms. In less than a decade, a remarkable mixture of Parisian-styled stone palaces and breath-taking marvels of the 21st century modernist architecture have multiplied. Few architectural sights have a greater wow-factor than the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Centre. Or the trio of sinuous silver Flame Towers that crown the city’s western flank. Both of the above could contain your next event! And Azerbaijan has a parallel bonanza of luxurious international standard hotels. Facilities are pieces of art as a large percentage of all conference venues are brand new. 06 /
For several years, since 2006, Azerbaijan’s economy has been one of the world’s best performing. The solid rise in GDP has been led by oil and gas but there is a rapid move to diversify and capitalize on the country’s potential as a regional value-added economy. Even a short term visitor can see the remarkable improvements in infrastructure, the constant beautification of cityscapes and the ever expanding range of commercial opportunities that continue daily. The nation underlines its European credentials, most visibly in sporting and cultural arenas. Welcome to the 21st century “Silk Road”.
A guest is a flower of the house,we say. Certainly, the guest is sacred in Azerbaijan and this tradition of respect was passed down for centuries and is still taken very seriously. Hospitality tradition is naturally mingled with the high standard services at the convention venues, the accommodation facilities and in the streets of old quarters of the cities where visitors receive heartwarming smile and memorable welcome.
Azerbaijan offers a delicious variety of foods throughout the country. From European to Asian Fusion, and featuring a rich, ever more refined traditional Azerbaijani cuisine all of its own, Baku will delight your palate as much as your camera. Tantalizing restaurants range from minimalist works of the 21st century art to old world charmers wafting with the 19th century ambience through exotic teahouses, cozy coffee shops and genuinely ancient caravan-serais tucked into the labyrinthine streets of Baku’s Old City. In a country renowned for its sweet tooth, Sheki halva is the most sugary of confections. Only a professional pastry chef can make real Sheki halva and only a craftsman can create real Sheki shebeke. Heading to Gabala? Pass by Caspian Balig Evi, it is all about fish, fish and more delicious fish. Azerbaijan has a great variety of breads, from the thinnest to the thickest. When in Nakhchivan, do not get confused when you are offered to choose from tendir lavash, galyn, dastana or komba bread. Invited to try unfamiliar dishes like Ordubad sweet omelet or bukma for breakfast, or bozbash and gatyg ashy? Do not get too selective with the names, because any meal you try in Azerbaijan will be delicious and you will never regret tasting them.