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President congratulates Muslims on Eid al-Adha

President Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated Kazakhstan’s Muslims Sept. 12 on the Islamic holiday Qurban Ait (Eid al-Adha) and visited the Hazrat Sultan Mosque in Astana. He wished happiness, wellbeing and success to his fellow citizens, noting for 10 years Kazakhstan has celebrated Qurban Ait and Orthodox Christmas as public holidays.

“I congratulate you on Holy Qurban Ait. This bright holiday symbolises kindness and good deeds and calls for people to have mercy and compassion. This holiday fills our hearts with love to close people and makes us care for those who need it. The celebration of Qurban Ait strengthens the moral principles of our society and acquaints us with spiritual traditions,” he said.

Nazarbayev emphasised all Kazakh achievements became possible due to the unity and peace in the country.

“Each religion calls for unity, mercy and respect for each other. A real Muslim is the one who helps people, society and his Motherland, as well as respects all the religions of the world,” he said. “Over 25 years of the successful development of Kazakhstan, Qurban Ait has become a remarkable holiday strengthening inter-ethnic unity in the society.” (


GGG earns 36th win, 23rd consecutive knockout

World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Organisation (IBO), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0-0) earned his 36th career win and 23rd consecutive knockout Sept. 10 over Britain’s Kell Brook (36-1-0). He forced the latter’s corner to throw in the towel in the fifth round in front of his 19,000 home crowd at London’s O2 arena. For Golovkin, it was his biggest cash prize fight of more than $4 million.

 “Thank you very much, London,” said Golovkin after the match. “I always bring a big drama show. I knew that Kell was a very good fighter. But …he did not hurt me at all. There were a lot of punches, but I didn’t feel them. I respect Kell and thanks to his corner. I am a boxer. So now I want a unification fight. I would absolutely come back to the U.K. to fight and I would like to fight Billy Joe Saunders for his belt. But I am open to everybody.” (


12th Eurasia International Film Festival to be held Sept. 24-30 in Almaty

The 12th Eurasia International Film Festival will be held Sept. 24-30 in Almaty. More than 80 films will be shown and Arab films of different genres will be screened for the first time in the event’s history.

The festival will be held under the motto “Love as the basis of human life and a path for the harmonisation of cultures” and will bring together countries of Asia, Europe and the global community.

“In the year that marks the 25th anniversary of the independence of Kazakhstan and the millennium of the city of Almaty, these seven days will become a meeting place and the beginning of creative projects for film professionals from all continents,” said festival president Rashid Nugmanov.

This year, the organisers plan to bring the festival to the streets by making it more democratic and popular. The part of the festival called The Love for the City will be screened in public places such as cafés and parks and will be free to attend. (


World Skills Kazakhstan-2016 competition opens in Astana

The World Skills Kazakhstan-2016 competition organised by the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science and Kasіpkor national holding officially opened Sept. 12 in Astana.

World Skills is an international non-profit movement among 75 countries which aims to promote the benefits of and need for qualified professionals through competitions, joint projects and shared experiences.

One hundred and forty participants from 16 regions of the country have come to the capital to take part in the event. The competition has 15 categories, such as gastronomy, restaurant service, confectionery and hairdressing. The winners will be included in the national team and defend Kazakhstan’s honour in the European tournament in Switzerland.

Kazakhstan became the 70th country of the World Skills Competition in 2014. The largest international professional skills competition was held in Kazakhstan for the first time the following year and was attended by more than 70 competitors from all over the country. (


Glass bottomed mountain attraction to be completed by 2020 near Almaty

Step into the Void, a glass-bottomed attraction in the Almaty Mountains, will be constructed in 2018-2020, said Almaty city’s tourism department head Timur Duisengaliyev during the Sept. 6 Medeu Invest Forum.

“Almaty residents know where the Shymbulak Ski Resort is located. There is a higher cableway and a black rock called Chkalov Peak. We want to make an additional station on the top of that cliff and make a unique attraction there.

“Maybe it will be extended up to Nursultan Peak; this way we want to extend the tourist season. Step into the Void is an attraction where a person steps on a glass floor and he is practically over the abyss. It is such an adrenaline rush and a good observation deck. The catering point will be located next to the attraction. The project model is popular abroad; most likely, we will have a group of investors. We began talks with the new head of the Shymbulak Ski Resort and perhaps they will join this project as well,” he added.

Step into the Void will be fully financed by the investors. The cost of the project will be about 30 million euros (US$33.8 million) and the payback period will be five-seven years. Similar attractions already exist in China and Europe, where visitors experience the dizzying emotion of stepping into the abyss. (


Five travel agencies purchase 74,000 EXPO 2017 tickets

Astana EXPO 2017 has signed contracts with five travel agencies which will purchase more than 74,000 tickets for the exhibition.

The company held a series of information rounds across Kazakhstan Sept. 4-11 for about 100 tour operators from around the world. Representatives of large tourist companies from Russia, China, Europe, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) participated in the activities. The tour was divided into five sections including Astana sightseeing, national parks, historical and cultural places, the spaceport and gambling zones.
The format acquainted foreign travel agencies with tourist routes in the western ring of the country, the Silk Way and East and Northern Kazakhstan, as well as the cities of Almaty and Astana. (



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