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Uzbekistan

Background

Uzbekistan

Russia conquered the territory of present-day Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after the Boshevik Revolution was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic established in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain led to overuse of agrochemicals and the depletion of water supplies, which have left the land poisoned and the Aral Sea and certain rivers half dry. Independent since 1991, the country seeks to gradually lessen its dependence on agriculture while developing its mineral and petroleum reserves. Current concerns include terrorism by Islamic militants, economic stagnation, and the curtailment of human rights and democratization.

About

Uzbekistan has borders with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. It is doubly landlocked, but includes the southern shoreline of the Aral Sea.

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UzbekistanInterContinental Tashkent 

107a Amir Temur Street
Tashkent 700084
Uzbekistan

Price (US$): $204 - $455 / night

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Location. InterContinental Tashkent is located in central Tashkent, close to Tashkentland, UzExpoCenter, and Aqua Park. Nearby points of interest also include Tashkent Tower and Amir Timur Museum. Hotel Features. InterContinental Tashkent features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Spa amenities include spa services, massage/treatment rooms, beauty services, and a hair salon. This 5 star property offers… more »

UzbekistanSHERATON TASHKENT HTL AND TWRS 

AMIR TERMUR STREET AT NAVOI AV
Tashkent
Uzbekistan

Price (US$): $90 - $240 / night

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Property Type HotelYear Built 1999The Sheraton Tashkent Hotel And Towers Welcomes TravelersTo The Silk Route Of Kingdom Temur.. Mystical MagicalImages Of Taskent. more »

UzbekistanDedeman Silk Road Tashkent 

Amir Temur Street, C. 4 No. 7/8
Tashkent 100000
Uzbekistan

Price (US$): $216 - $375 / night

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Location. Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent is located in central Tashkent, close to Amir Timur Museum, Amir Timur Monument, and Tashkent Galley of Modern Art. Nearby points of interest also include History Museum and Independence Square. Hotel Features. Dining options at Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the breakfast room. Recreational… more »

UzbekistanRamada Tashkent 

1 Abdullah Kodiry St
Tashkent
Uzbekistan

Hotel Year Built 2004 Additional Property Description The hotel has two food and beverage outlets. One is an elegant Danish multi cuisine restaurant serving buffet and al a carte from the best local produce. The other is a brand new Irish pub with a separate entrance, excellent finger food and a modern beverage list. Pets are not permitted. more »

UzbekistanSAMBUH ELITE HOTEL 

10 Tsehovaya St
Tupik 2
Tashkent 100070
Uzbekistan

Price (US$): $69 - $70 / night

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PROPERTY TYPEBED AND BREAKFAST HOTELYEAR BUILT 1998YEAR REMODELED 2009RATINGSSTARS 2 STARSADDITIONAL HOTEL DESCRIPTIONHOTEL SAM BUH ELITE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PRIVATE HOTELS TOEMERGE IN TASHKENT BACK IN 90S AFTER INDEPENDENCE. IT ISLOCATED IN AN OLD STYLE RESIDENTIAL AREA ABOUT 500M FROMMAIN ROAD. THE HOTELS BUILDING IS SITUATED IN A QUIETSTREET IN A SECLUDED YARD WITH ALL FACILITIES AND ROOMSOFF THE ROAD SO NOTHING WILL DISTURB YOU WHILE YOU RESTIN YOUR ROOM. THE HOTELS AMENITIES ARE… more »

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Uzbekistan

Full name
Republic of Uzbekistan
Capital
Tashkent
Location

Central Asia, north of Afghanistan

Geographic coordinates

41 20 N, 69 18 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than California

Border countries

Afghanistan 137 km, Kazakhstan 2,203 km, Kyrgyzstan 1,099 km, Tajikistan 1,161 km, Turkmenistan 1,621 km

Coastline

0 km (doubly landlocked); note - Uzbekistan includes the southern portion of the Aral Sea with a 420 km shoreline

Climate

mostly midlatitude desert, long, hot summers, mild winters; semiarid grassland in east

Terrain

mostly flat-to-rolling sandy desert with dunes; broad, flat intensely irrigated river valleys along course of Amu Darya, Syr Darya (Sirdaryo), and Zarafshon; Fergana Valley in east surrounded by mountainous Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan; shrinking Aral Sea in west

Lowest point

Sariqamish Kuli -12 m

Highest point

Adelunga Toghi 4,301 m

Natural resources

natural gas, petroleum, coal, gold, uranium, silver, copper, lead and zinc, tungsten, molybdenum

Population

27,865,738 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Uzbek 80%, Russian 5.5%, Tajik 5%, Kazakh 3%, Karakalpak 2.5%, Tatar 1.5%, other 2.5% (1996 est.)

Religions

Muslim 88% (mostly Sunnis), Eastern Orthodox 9%, other 3%

Languages

Uzbek (official) 74.3%, Russian 14.2%, Tajik 4.4%, other 7.1%

Government type

republic; authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branch

Independence

1 September 1991 (from the Soviet Union)

National holiday

Independence Day, 1 September (1991)

Chief of state

President Islom KARIMOV (since 24 March 1990, when he was elected president by the then Supreme Soviet; elected president of independent Uzbekistan in 1991)

Head of government

Prime Minister Shavkat MIRZIYOYEV (since 11 December 2003); First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam AZIMOV (since 2 January 2008)

Internet country code

.uz

Internet users

4.689 million (2009)

Airports

54 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Termiz (Amu Darya)

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