Tonight, May 22, Baku, Azerbaijan will host the first 2012 Eurovision Semi-Final. The foreseen song contest, broadcasted live from the Baku Crystal Hall starting with 21:00 to 23:00 will feature 18 countries competing for 10 coveted places in the grand finale.
Once upon a time New York City’s Empire State Building was the envy of the world, the tallest skyscraper then constructed dwarfed all other man made objects. Fast forward to today and news from Azerbaijan. The filthy rich former Soviet Union outpost intends on using oil revenues to catapult itself into the modern age with a range of ambitious projects, including erecting the world’s tallest building.
Azerbaijan welcomed in the spring last week with one of its biggest parties of the year, an event that saw thousands of revelers come out onto the streets of capital city Baku to join in the festivities.
Two motorcycle enthusiasts from Yorkshire in the UK have embarked on an ambitious road trip taking in 28 countries in just 28 days, as part of an effort to raise money for a pair of charities.
The number of foreign tourists arriving in Azerbaijan has increased by 15 percent in the first six months of 2011, compared to the same period of 2010, Trend.az reported.
With ancient architecture to study and admire, and world-class museums and libraries waiting to show off their treasures, Baku is simply a must-see. And if it doesn’t win the 2020 Summer Olympics bid next year, at least it’s got your attention. Consider it next time you plan an exotic escape.
Azerbaijan’s tourism industry is nowhere near as profitable as the potential indicates. The government there is taking steps to ramp up the country’s lagging travel profile with education, outreach, regulation, and an appeal to people in Azerbaijan to show their true hospitality effectively.
In news from Azerbaijan, Starwood Hotels and Silk Way Airlines have penned a deal to open a Sheraton there as part of the hotel chain’s massive expansion. The new hotel, located in the capital city of Baku, will feature over 200 guest rooms and customary Sheraton amenities. The hotel is scheduled to open in the fall of this year, according to the press.
Azerbaijan is preparing for a more touristy 2012, as the country is set to host the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.
This year, May 28, Azerbaijan will be celebrating its Republic Day through various cultural events in a number of countries, including the United States, Switzerland, and Northern Cyprus.
Azerbaijan cuisine has been influenced for centuries by other cultures, largely due to economic and political processes within the country. But, despite these influences, the country’s food is still unique and rich in traditional flavors. Be sure and check out the great recipes and instructional linked within.
Azerbaijan hopes to see the Azerbaijani carpet (Azərbaycan Xalçası) on the 2010 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.