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About The City


In the Message addressed to the nation of Kazakhstan the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev set goals to involve 30% of population in sports by 2020. Almaty hosts the 28th Winter Universiade in 2017. Once again it proves that national sport has reached the world level.

History of Almaty

Almaty is the largest city of Kazakhstan located in the mountainous area of Southern Kazakhstan in foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau. Its history starts from 1854 when Fort Verniy was built on the riverbank of Malaya Almatinka. On February 5, 1921 Verniy was renamed to Alma-Ata. The same year Alma-Ata was chosen as the capital of the Kazakh SSR. In 1997 the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev approved the Decree to establish the special status of Almaty.


Almaty is a cultural, financial and industrial centre of Kazakhstan. Growth of GRP has reached 8 trillion tenge, which is 20% of whole Kazakhstans GDP. Main drivers of the economy of the city are industry, service sector & agriculture. Food processing and light industries are prevalent in the economy of the city and form 70% of industrial enterprises. The employment rate of the city is 92.2%.


Population of the city is about 1.5 million. According to the Health Department, the average age of population is 33-34 years. There are more than 100 nationalities living in Almaty.


The city is divided into 8 administrative districts: Alatauskii, Almalinskii, Medeuskii, Bostandykskii, Tursibskii, Auezovskii, Jetisuskii & Nauryzbaiskii. There are extensive networks of Metro stations, bus stations, trolleybuses, taxis, and two railway stations (Almaty 1, Almaty 2).
The airport of Almaty is the biggest one in Kazakhstan. It takes the first place in domestic & international airfreight. In one year Almatys airport serves 4500000 passengers. Intensity of flights can reach 220 take off and landing operations in 24 hours.
There are more than 250 hotels in Almaty where you will experience the true Kazakh hospitality.


There is a high concentration of business centers, theatres, museums, art galleries, showrooms and modern entertainment complexes. Residents and guests of Almaty can visit 5 sport stadiums, hippodrome, High-mountain Sports Complex Medeu, Shymbulak Ski Resort, Butakovka gorges, Big Almaty Lake and Mynzhylky.
Almaty has a rich history and is a home to 126 architectural and art monuments of national and local significance. The most ancient buildings of the city are: Abay Opera House (1936-1941), Kazakh National Academy of Arts (1930), Government House (1951-1957), Verniys orphanage, a monument of wooden architecture (1892), St. Nicholas Cathedral (1908) & Museum House of A. Baitursynov.

One more significant fact about the city is that Almaty is the hometown of the famous variety of apples called Aport. One apple weighs 350 grams, sometimes it can reach 400-900 grams. Aport has become the symbol of the city. Aport apple orchards of Almaty are famous in many countries.

Almaty the Host City of Winter Universiade 2017

Almaty is actively preparing to host the Winter Universiade 2017. Construction of three new sports venues has already begun. By the time of opening of the Universiade, the city will have Athletes Village for 5000 people, Ice Palace with 12 000 seats and Ice Arena with 3 000 seats. Athletic Village and Ice Palace are located in Alatau district, Ice Arena in Medeu district.

Its not the first time Almaty hosts this kind of event. In 2011 Almaty hosted 7th Asian Winter Games. For this event International Ski-Jump Complex Sunkar and Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon Stadium Alatau were built. Moreover, the High-mountain Sports Complex Medeu, Shymbulak ski resort & Baluan Sholak Sports Palace were modernized. All sports venues are essential elements of sports infrastructure of the country.

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