Azerbaijan is dominating must-visit lists as more and more travellers are showing interest in the country situated at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and South-eastern Europe. This is particularly true for Arab tourists from countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, including high-profile, high-spending ones.
A Practical & Safe Choice
Baku, Nizami Street
Situated between Europe and Asia, Azerbaijan is a practical choice for Arab tourists due to its closeness. The fact visa applications are made online is another tick in the pragmatism factor. But perhaps what most tourists are searching for these days is a place where they feel safe. “It is this proven safety and peace in Azerbaijan that has contributed positively to how visitors perceive the country,” Rashid Al-Noori, Chairman of the Representative Office of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan in the GCC, said. He also mentioned how the ministry is boosting its services for GCC travellers by conducting workshops, roadshows and seminars for travel agents and media representatives from the region. Plus, The Islamic Solidarity Games took place in Baku, the capital, placing Azerbaijan in the spotlight and helping locals anticipate Muslim travellers’ needs
The Culture Factor
Arab travellers can feel right at home in Azerbaijan as they take advantage of all the similar cultural practices. The religious similarities mean Azerbaijan is able to cater to devout Muslim travellers. There are many easily accessible points of worship, as well as areas where men and women have separate swimming pools. Additionally, there are beach areas where alcohol is not served. Another factor that is egging Arab tourists to keep flocking in is the availability of halal food, served by the friendly, hospitable locals. While parallels are always welcome, travelling is all about learning about different societies, and the multifaceted country abounds with history, as well as musical and cultural highlights.
Something for Everyone
With its ancient capital on the shores of the oil-rich Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan makes for a great summer destination. However, Arab tourists who are looking for a change of scenery and want to escape the sweltering climates at home have the imposing Great Caucasus Mountains to turn to. The mountainous, wooded region of Gabala is particularly attracting an influx of tourists looking for fresh, crisp air. The paradise for nature lovers has turned into a popular summer and winter getaway for the royal households of the Gulf area.
As well as the country’s breath-taking landscapes, there’s Baku to delight city lovers with its modern cosmopolitan vibe and triumphant architecture. For culture vultures, Baku is famed for its medieval walled Inner City. The Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a royal retreat dating to the 15th century, is situated inside. The centuries-old stone Maiden Tower, which dominates the city skyline, is another part of the ancient complex.
Additionally, Baku boasts several upscale shopping malls, where families can enjoy shopping and roaming around at leisure. Baku Boulevard is also another great family spot for some fun, quality time together by the seashore.