About Almaty city
Population: over 1,500 000
Currency: Tenge (KZT)
Location: South-East Kazakhstan (area: over 68,000 ha)
Climate: sharply continental
Time zone: GMT + 06: 00
Postal Code: 050000
Phone code: +7 (727)
ALMATY is the largest metropolis of the Republic of Kazakhstan which today is the economic and financial, scientific, educational, industrial and cultural center of not only the country but also the entire Central Asian region. The area exceeds 68,000 hectares, population - 1.5 million people.
Almaty is located in the center of the Eurasian continent, in the south-east of the Republic of Kazakhstan, at 77 degrees east longitude and 43 degrees north latitude, in the foothills of Zailiyskii Alatau - the most northern ridge of the Tien Shan. Almaty is located on the same parallel with such cities as Gagra and Vladivostok.
The climate in the city is sharply continental with large fluctuations in temperature, not only during a year, but also a day. In the southern areas, at an altitude of 1500-1700 meters above sea level in Medeo and Kamenskiy Plato one can feel the breath of glaciers.
Zailiyskii Alatau has rich and diverse flora and fauna. Surroundings of Almaty are part of the Ile-Alatau National Park, on the territory of which natural reserves have been organized. Many rare birds and animals that live here are included in the Red Book of Kazakhstan. Among them - the snow leopard, or Irbis which can be found in the coat of arms of Almaty city.
At the foot of mountains, melon plantations and vineyards give way to orchards and berry fields. More than 8,000 ha urban area are occupied by gardens and parks, squares and boulevards. It is a birthplace of famous Almaty aport (apple).
Almaty city is a major transportation hub. It has enterprises involved in food, light and heavy industry. Head offices of the largest domestic banks and branches of leading foreign financial institutions and companies are situated in Almaty.
An excursion into the past shows that Almaty since times immemorial occupied a special place in the region and played an important role as a center of political, economic and cultural life in local and international trade along the Silk Road.
Beginning of the third millennium was marked for Almaty by determination of global challenges and goals, as well as the implementation of large-scale projects. One of these became the start-up of the subway in 2011. As a result, townspeople had a chance to experience the benefit and comfort of the Almaty subway and it has twice been awarded the highest award of the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR) in 2012. At the same time major changes have affected, in general, the entire system of passenger traffic of the metropolis. For example, in 2011 the city had initiated the creation of own municipal public transport, with a gradual increase in the share in this area.
Sport has become one of the key areas that deserved international recognition of Almaty. Holding of high-level championships as the Asian Games 2011, World Boxing Championship, Judo World Cup, Ski Jumping World Cup, Volleyball World Grand Prix 2013 gave the city the status of one of the world centers of sport. On October 6, 2013 at the initiative of Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Akim of Almaty and Alexander Vinokurov, the Olympic champion, the Akimat of Almaty successfully organized and hosted the first in the history of Kazakhstan professional cycling race named "Tour of Almaty" under the aegis of UCI, category 1.2.
July 1, 1998 the Law on the special status of Almaty city defining it as a scientific, cultural, historical, financial and industrial center was adopted.