President Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOV: Ashgabat is a beacon that lights up our ways to a bright future

International Universal Exhibition “White City of Ashgabat” to Mark of the 140th Anniversary of the Capital City The XX International Universal Exhibition entitled “White City of Ashgabat”, timed to coincide with the 140th anniversary of the founding of the capital city, was held at the exhibition centre of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan.

Important events of the epoch of prosperity

Every day of the year «Turkmenistan — the Home of Peace and Trust» in which we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of our Independence is full of glorious events. It inspires all the people of our Fatherland, going forward under guidance of our esteemed President and fills our prosperous life with joy and happiness. In April of the year «Turkmenistan — the Home of Peace and Trust» several opening ceremonies of modern buildings showing the exact results of the changes carried out under the guidance of our esteemed President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and development of our country with rapid spaces. These ceremonies were held in honour of the 30th Anniversary of Independence of Turkmenistan, the 140th Anniversary of Ashgabat and of the year «Turkmenistan-the Home of Peace and Trust».

Turkmenistan — Unesco: paving roads from the homeland

In a modern diplomacy the cultural diplomacy is considered the core of public diplomacy. It includes the exchange of ideas, information, art, language and other aspects of culture among countries in order to foster mutual understanding. The main purpose is to protect the national interests of states by spreading a positive understanding around the world. Nowadays states more actively use positive platforms such as organizations to promote their national interests. One of these kinds of organizations is UNESCO which stands for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Turkmenistan became the member of UNESCO on August 17, 1993, and since then, a special mechanism has been established at the national level for systematic co-operation with this organization. The national mechanism of work consists of the National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO and the Permanent Mission of Turkmenistan to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Prosper, our sunny Ashgabat!

This year is special for all of us – the 30th anniversary of the independence of the Turkmen state and 140th anniversary of the foundation of Ashgabat. Today, Turkmenistan is a self-sufficient and dynamically developing state. Its successes astonish the whole world. Our land has been multinational and hospitable for centuries. Representatives of different nationalities have lived here in friendship and concord for many centuries. Over the years of independence, our beloved city of Ashgabat has also developed. It is now by right called the “pearl of Asia”. On the eve of one of the most favourite and traditional Turkmen holidays, Ashgabat Day, there is an opportunity to sum up the way covered and to open a new page in history, which will be even brighter, fuller and more interesting.

Presentation of the Turkmen Leader’s Book White City of Ashgabat

Speaking at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on May 7, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said he had completed work on his new book White City of Ashgabat. On the instructions of the leader of Turkmenistan, the construction and industrial sector and the Ashgabat Hyakimlik held the presentation of the new book of the leader of the nation in one of the picturesque parts of the capital city, near the monument White City of Ashgabat.

A city, worth of admiration

The year, the motto of which is “Turkmenistan – the Home of Peace and Trust”, is rich in solemn and anniversary dates. The most important are the glorious 30th anniversary of the independence of Turkmenistan and the 140th anniversary of Ashgabat. For the short historical period, our state has received a powerful urban development impetus owing to the efforts of the President of Turkmenistan. The Turkmen people have demonstrated themselves in the world community as a peace-loving nation that builds its great happiness on the principles of good neighbourliness. Our country has become a symbol of independence and neutrality.

From modest village – to innovative “smart” city

The unique history of Ashgabat began 140 years ago. In 1881, in the village of Askhabad, a border military settlement with a population of 4,000 people (800 yurts) emerged. The past of the main city of our country is connected with many events in its history. One of them is the tragedy of 1948, when Ashgabat was devastated by the earthquake. Then the neighbours came to help the victims, with whom the Turkmen maintained friendly relations from ancient times. Relying on such fraternal support, in a short time the city was cleared of the consequences of the natural disaster. However, the modern history of the city of Ashgabat rightly begins after gaining state independence by Turkmenistan, which has not only influenced the country’s comprehensive development, but also had a direct impact on innovative formation of the capital city’s infrastructure. Beautiful houses, original museums, theatres and administrative buildings are built and being built in Ashgabat in a short period of time. Guests arriving in Ashgabat are greeted at comfortable hotels. Modern stadiums and sports complexes host prestigious international tournaments, games and championships. Numerous park zones are oases of coolness during the summer. To ease the heat and to create a certain microclimate, Ashgabat has a green belt of hundreds of thousands of trees and shrubs, replenished annually with new sap

Ashgabat — city warmed by love

This year, when we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of sacred independence, our beloved Ashgabat, the white-marble capital of independent neutral Turkmenistan, is celebrating its 140th anniversary. This event is not just a celebration of the city, but a holiday for every city resident, every Turkmen citizen, glorifying the beauty and cosiness of our beloved capital city and also comfortable conditions for life and work. After all, Ashgabat is a city warmed by the love of thousands of people and created by their labour. The inspirer of this creation of thousands of hearts was the national leader, respected President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Due to the urban planning policy of the head of state, in a short period of time, beautiful residential buildings, architecturally original museums, theatres, mosques and administrative buildings have been constructed and are being constructed in Ashgabat.

Pearly Capital of the East

The white-marble capital of Turkmenistan, transforming from year to year due to the implementation of the urban planning strategy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, represents a unique model of a dynamically developing city, where beauty and comfort, cutting-edge trends in architecture and the best traditions of national art of building are harmoniously combined, advanced technologies and engineering and technical solutions are actively introduced. The development work and improvements in Ashgabat were conducted on an unprecedented scale when preparing for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The unique Olympic Complex, which has no analogues in the region, was built to host the Games. Its infrastructure comprises about 40 sports facilities arranged around the Olympic Stadium that can accommodate up to 45,000 spectators. The monumental sculpture of a horse, towering over the dome of the stadium, entered the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest horse image.

Ashgabat glorified by Arkadag

During his traditional visit to the Ahalteke equestrian complex under the President of Turkmenistan, our Hero-Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, in connection with the birth of the first foal from the legendary horse Akhan, in accordance with the national tradition, tied an alaja around its neck. The head of state named the foal Ashgabat, using the first letter of its father’s name, in honour of the glorious 140th anniversary of our beautiful capital city. This joyful event and a new poem by the leader of the nation My White City – Ashgabat, set to music by his grandson Kerim Berdimuhamedov, has become a new significant symbol of the year 2021.