Land of the Great Steppe
The Republic of Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world, located in the deserted continent of Middle Asia, and has a population of over 17.7 million people, most of which are Muslims. The current President of Kazakhstan is Nursultan Nazarbayev. The overall economy has a continuous growth resulted from oil and natural gas export. The current capital city of Kazakhstan is Astana, which is the place where the International Recognized Exhibition EXPO 2017 Astana or “Astana Expo 2017” will be held, under the theme concept “Future Energy” between June 10 to September 10, 2017.
AstanaAnother Wonder of the World
Astana is the second-to-the-largest city of Kazakhstan, and considered to be ‘Another Wonder of the World.’ Additionally, the city had received the “City of Peace” award from UNESCO due to magnificent Eurasian-based architectures, and unique city plan that was designed by Kisho Kurokawa, a Japanese architect, and Norman Foster, a famous British architect. Besides, there are buildings that are modernly designed, like “Bayterek Tower” or the “Skyscraping Poplar Tree” in Kazakh, that is considerably one of the landmarks of Astana, as well as “Khan Shatyr” Entertainment Center that was inspired by the design of Khan’s tent in the past. The ancestors of the Kazakhs were to make “Astana” a tourist attraction for both locals and the tourists from all over world, and also aim to turn the city into the hub of the economy, politics, and rapid growing cultural center.
Thailand and Kazakhstan has had a good relationship. Both countries have been helping each other in economy, tourism, social, and culture. In 2004, Bangkok together with Astana have established themselves as ‘sister cities.’ In addition, Kazakh people have appreciated Thailand, including Thai food, Thai massage, and Muay Thai, as well as having established the Kazakhstan Muay Thai Federation. Moreover, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan is also the president of Federation of Amateur Muaythai of Asia-FAMA.
Hosting the Astana Expo 2017 is considered a great opportunity for the people of Kazakhstan to sense the authentic Thainess in another viewpoint about energy innovations which reflected the genius of His Majesty King Rama 9, aka, the Father of Thai Energy, as well as showcasing Thai tourist destinations, attractions, and arts & culture.