UZBEKISTAN, A HEART OF SILK ROAD
Uzbekistan is the heart of the Silk Road which connected East and West, which deeply infused with the fascinating history. Many centuries ago the Great Silk Road that connected Europe with Asia, contributed to the development of Central Asia, and in particular, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Shash (modern Tashkent). This cities survive a unique flavor to the eastern cities of their area, caravanserais and medieval monuments of Islamic architecture, the latter is causing the worldwide fame that the cities of Uzbekistan, which is gradually turning into one of world tourist destinations in Asia.
TASHKENT – THE CAPITAL OF UZBEKISTAN
Tashkent has its own unique flavor. It combines medieval buildings as if descended from the pages of old oriental tales, elegant European architecture from the period of the Turkestan governor-generalship, standard concrete “boxes” of the Soviet era and, finally, glittering skyscrapers of glass and concrete (modern business centers and banks).
Badges will be provided to Participants and their Accompanying Persons during registration and will be required for admission to all Congress events.
Registration Desk Opening Hours
August 18 to 20: 8 am – 6pm
August 21: 8 am – 2 pm
Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport is the main international airport of Uzbekistan and the 3rd busiest airport in Central Asia (after Almaty International Airport and Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan). It is located 12 km (7.5 mi) from the center of Tashkent. Tashkent Airport has regular flights from/to major cities of the world. It allows making transit flights from Europe to South-East Asia, Australia and other parts of the world. It has ICAO Category II (International Civil Aviation Organication), and such airlines as Asiana Airlines, Aeroflot, British Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines use its runways. Also the airport is the main air hub for local airline Uzbekistan Airways. For passengers there are all conditions for comfortable waiting of arrival or departure: comfortable waiting room, VIP hall, restaurant, café, medical center, exchange office, information desk.
The international airport has regular bus, and taxi connections to and from the city centers.
We recommend Participants to make pre-reservation of private transfer services to be provided by the Official Congress Secretariat. The shuttle bus will pick you up and safely deliver to your hotel or any other destination in the city.
Banks are open from Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 17:00. They are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Uzbekistan is a sunny country with extreme continental climate. It is expressed in sharp amplitudes of day and night, summer and winter temperatures. Length of the day in summer is about 15 hours in the winter – at least nine.
The coldest month is January. The temperature drops in the north to 8 C and below, and the extreme south, near the town of Termez, it is above zero. The absolute minimum winter temperatures of 35-38 degrees below zero.
The hottest months are July and August. During this period the average temperature on the plains and foothills is 25-30 degrees Celsius, while in the south it reaches 41-42 degrees. In most of the annual rainfall does not exceed 200-300 mm.
National currency of Uzbekistan is SUM ( UZS). Currency exchange offices are located in the airport, hotels, in the markets and banks, as well as in district visa and registration offices. Majority of currency exchange offices in the city accept euros and US dollars. Other currencies can be exchanged only in those exchange offices, which are located in banks. In hotels currency exchange offices are opened 24 hours 7 days a week. Others usually open at 9 a.m., but their working day is already over 4 p.m.
ELECTRICITY IN UZBEKISTAN
In Uzbekistan the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets are of type C and F. Check out the following pictures.
- Type C: also known as the standard “Euro” plug. This socket also works with plug E and plug F.
- Type F: also known as “Schuko”. This socket also works with plug C and plug E.
We strongly recommended you obtain personal travel insurance before your trip to cover theft, loss, accidents and medical problems.
The city has a good public transport system which is cheap. The metro/underground system is typical of the old Soviet style – with large and impressive stations – and is actually quite modern. Tickets (which on the metro are small blue coin size tokens) cost 1200 soms for any single journey, regardless of distance or connections (metro only, no bus connections).
Tashkent metro has three lines:
- Uzbekistan (Blue line) from Beruniy to Dustlik,
- Chilonzor (Red line) from Olmazor to Buyuk Ipak Yuli,
- Yunus-Obod (Green line) from Shakhristan to Ming Urik. The trains leave every 5 minutes.