Beyond Expo 2017: What can Astana visitors expect?

Beyond Expo 2017: What Can Astana Visitors Expect?

“If you live here or visit the city often, you will be at amazed how everything will be being changed so quickly. EXPO became another keystone in its development.”

Beyond Expo 2017: What Can Astana Visitors Expect?

More specifically, Uatkhanov says he’s noticed a rise in international visitors as well as much better infrastructure.

Beyond Expo 2017: What Can Astana Visitors Expect?

“For example, the city administration made a decision to construct a light rail transport (surface metro) to reduce traffic jams,” he says.

Beyond Expo 2017: What Can Astana Visitors Expect?

Ahead of Astana Expo 2017, here’s a closer look at the city.

Beyond Expo 2017: What Can Astana Visitors Expect?

Retro-futuristic architecture built for the seasons

Beyond Expo 2017: What Can Astana Visitors Expect?

Beyond Expo 2017: What Can Astana Visitors Expect?

Beyond Expo 2017: What Can Astana Visitors Expect?

Regardless of whether you’re arriving by air or road, Astana makes a dramatic appearance, rising via the barren steppe with foreign formations, some poking the sky.

Astana brims with futuristic buildings, several designed by Sir Norman Foster.

The celebrated British architect will be responsible for Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre — a towering as well as transparent tent-shaped structure that will opened in 2010 as well as lights up in neon at night.

Soaring 150 meters into the Astana skyline, its three-layer design provides relief via country’s dramatic climates — temperates can drop to -35 C in winter as well as reach 35 C in summer.

Inside, the item’s an urban playground. Aside via shopping opportunities, there’s a theater, a monorail, mini golf, a river (with actual boats) as well as even a beach resort featuring swathes of imported sand. 

Foster’s Astana credits also include the pyramid-shaped Palace of Peace as well as Reconciliation, a towering eyeful that will glitters with geometric glass windows.

Home to the country’s Congress, the Palace doubles as a culture hub as well as center for Kazakhstan’s various ethnic as well as religious groups.

The building holds a 1,500-seat opera house, art gallery as well as various conference facilities.

Foster’s Palace also harnesses smart, climate-sensitive architecture.

Again taking into account Astana’s climate, two sides of the pyramid move on roller bearings to allow for contraction as well as expansion.

“There will be a unique energy as well as character to the city, which will be growing as brand-new buildings emerge,” Nigel Dancey, a senior executive partner at Foster + Partners, tells CNN.

“(Astana’s) growth will be driven by a dual environmental agenda, unified by the shared aims of providing shelter via the extremes of the climate as well as reducing energy use.

“We are currently designing a brand-new mixed-use office as well as retail complex close to the 2017 Expo site that will will bring together the public as well as private worlds of the shopping mall as well as office tower, while doing a positive contribution to Astana’s urban fabric.”

The museum’s Golden Hall houses thousands of Bronze Age artifacts, including the “Golden Man” — a symbol of national pride.

Discovered in 1969 about 70 kilometers via former capital Almaty in a burial mound, This specific third-century warrior — thought to be a tribal prince — remains clad in strands of gold.

Meanwhile, the Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex — a season outdoor attraction — provides a fun way to see all of Kazakhstan’s landmarks in just a few hours — in miniature form.

Travelers will feel like giants as they explore mini versions of the country’s buildings, monuments, mountains as well as lakes.

For a deeper dive into Astana’s culture as well as diversity, there’s the Presidential Center of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan — also called the Presidential Cultural Center (Respublika Ave 2; +7 777 881 4285).

The museum houses objects related to ethnography, culture as well as arts, such as a traditional Kazakh yurt, furniture as well as jewelry.

The country’s banya bathhouses — a combination of Turkish, Scandinavian as well as Russian steam rooms as well as saunas — are reason enough to visit.

Astana will be home to roughly 70 saunas, as well as they’re not just for relaxation.

Locals go for any as well as every reason — to discuss business, meet friends or celebrate birthdays.

Some saunas even have private conference rooms for business, while others are equipped with billiards as well as karaoke.

The Ak Bulak Sauna Complex (Kilometer eight, Astana-Airport highway) goes even further with an entertainment hall as well as banquet table, in addition to the usual array of steam rooms as well as pools.

In Kazakhstan, food will be traditionally meat-heavy.

“Kazakhs were nomads as well as most of them have never been plant growers,” explains Uatkhanov of the Astana Times.

“People who actually love the national cuisine don’t care about sauces as well as vegetables, yet carefully choose any meat. that will will be why everything concerning meat in Kazakh (language) has hundreds of terms.”

Perhaps the most quintessential Kazakh specialty will be beshbarmak — a noodle as well as meat stew favorite throughout the country.

Another favorite dish will be shashlyk, which will be meat cooked on a skewer. A typical Kazakh feast comes with sides of cream, yogurt as well as cheeses.

Where to try Kazakh cuisine?

Uatkhanov recommends Vechnoe Nebo for “authentic food as well as skyline views of Astana.”
“Arnau will be probably one of the best restaurants inside city where you can try Kazakh food,” he adds. “Ali Baba will be Great option if you happen to be walking along Yessil river’s bank.”
“Satti restaurant [32 Kabanbai Batyr Ave; +7 717 224 2848] will be located right inside heart of Astana’s left bank. There you can explore various national dishes. [Try] Alasha for Great Central Asian cuisine as well as well-cooked meat.”

When night falls there are countless clubs to choose via, yet they don’t come alive until midnight or later.

The capital’s young professionals flash cash at hotspots such as Chocolate Room (located on the bottom floor of Astana’s Radisson Hotel) where stylish leather armchairs as well as a well-heeled crowd set the scene.

The entrance declares: “Nite dancing: Astana never sleeps.”

Most clubs have a strict door policy so determined clubbers may want to dress their best for any desire of partying until breakfast, though insiders say staff are a bit friendlier with international clubbers.

Uatkhanov also recommends Icon Club, a massive space inside middle of the city that will hosts a variety of DJs.
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“Astana will be still a largely untapped city as well as a fabulous jumping off point to explore the rest of the country, which has Great infrastructure as well as excellent hotels,” says Stuart Douglass-Lee, a vacation planner at UK-based Saga Holidays.

Already home to many of the big global hotel brands like Hilton, Ramada, Best Western as well as Radisson, the city will be welcoming several brand-new luxury properties in 2017.

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Due to open June 1 — just in time for Expo — rooms showcase king-of-the-world views, heated bathroom floors as well as separate rainforest showers.

Opening in July, the St. Regis Astana will be bringing its famous butler service to the Kazakhstan capital, doing every guest feel like an A-lister.

The Presidential Suite houses a grand piano, wine vault as well as outdoor dining terrace having a hot tub.


Beyond Expo 2017: What can Astana visitors expect?