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Sumalak festival 2014

Written by on Thursday, 26 June 2014
Culture and History, Photoblog, Uzbekistan
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Uzbek authorities try to make the country more attractive to foreigners. But problems potential tourists face, including the difficulty of the Uzbek visa, horrible border control service etc.

At the end of April, Uzbekstourism and their partners organized an annual Sumalak Festival. The main target group of this event is diplomatic corps and foreigners who work in Uzbekistan.

It was quite an event with beautiful dances, delicious food, fashion show and exciting athmosphere. By visiting this event I became more sure that Uzbekistan could do much better than just 1 million tourists per year.

Let’s hope Uzbektourism (i.e. central government) will realize the importance to develop the tourism sector sooner than later and ease the entrance for foreigners. At the end of the day, it’s for country’s economy. For their personal income as well.

Viva Uzbekistan and its tourism sector!

Photo courtesy (c) neweurasia.net

When they cook Sumalak, little stones are added in order not to let the liquid become hard. They say if you pick three stones at once, you'll be lucky!

Foreigners were excited about this "stone-luck" thing!

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