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Tourist Facilities Are Typically Western Standards

Aug 18, 2007
Uzbekistan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. While the country has undergone significant change since then, its progress towards democratic and economic reform has been halting and uneven. Corruption is endemic at all levels of society.

Much of the country, particularly areas outside of Tashkent and the major tourist destinations of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, are remote and difficult to access. Tourist facilities, when they exist at all, are typically below Western standards, and many goods and services remain difficult to find on a regular basis.

Uzbekistans rate of violent crime, including against foreigners, has increased in recent years. In urban areas, travellers are urged to take the same precautions against crime that they would take in a large American city. If you are travelling at night, please travel in groups, maintain a low profile, and do not display large amounts of cash.

Popular tourist destinations include Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent and Ferghana Valley.

Samarkand is one of the worlds oldest cities, located in the very centre of Uzbekistan in the valley of the Zeravshan River. It has seen periods of power and decline throughout its more than 2500 years history.

Since olden times Central Asia has been famous for its horses. For ages, breeding of these magnificent animals mans staunch helpmate both in labour and in journey has been the common occupation of the Uzbeks. There is a strong presumption that it was from this land that noble Argamak strain originated. Thoroughbred stallions of most of known breeds inherited the best qualities of this strain. By the way, the stud breeding famous Karabair breed is also located in Uzbekistan, in Jizzak region.

Today, guests from all over the world come to Uzbekistan to admire the Uzbek horse thoroughbreds of well known strains, to watch breathtaking local horseshows, to experience the unmatched joy of horseback riding.

Uzbekistan is a dry, landlocked country of which 11 percent consists of intensely cultivated, irrigated river valleys. More than 60 percent of its population lives in densely populated rural communities. Uzbekistan is now the worlds second largest cotton exporter, a large producer of gold and oil, and a regionally significant producer of chemicals and machinery.

Following independence in December 1991, the government sought to prop up its Soviet style command economy with subsidies and tight controls on production and prices. Uzbekistan responded to the negative external conditions generated by the Asian and Russian financial crises by emphasizing import substitute industrialization and by tightening export and currency controls within its already largely closed economy.

The government, while aware of the need to improve the investment climate, sponsors measures that often increase, not decrease the governments control over business decisions. A sharp increase in the inequality of income distribution has hurt the lower ranks of society since independence.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Uzbekistan Rental Site
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